Water everywhere in Angola, but few places to drink

LOUISE REDVERS LUANDA, ANGOLA – Mar 14 2011

From the centre of Luanda it takes two hours by car to reach the remote bairro of Pedreira, on the northern peripheries of Angola’s capital. Heavy traffic and giant potholes make it hard going and the closer we get, the worse the road becomes, eventually deteriorating into little more than a muddy pass.

Finally, up a steep incline at the top of a hill is Pedreira, a musseque (settlement-cum-township), home to about 15 000 people, most of whom fled here during the final years of Angola’s long and bloody conflict.

Self-built houses made from concrete slabs and sheets of metal cling to slopes and hand-painted signs, some in Chinese, advertise the sale of building materials.

We’ve come to see a community water tap, or chafariz as they are known in Portuguese, which was fitted last year as part of the government’s flagship five-year, $650-million Agua Para Todos (Water for All) scheme. More……….

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