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The following report is prepared by our very own Assefa Hailu Baraki whom NCCL benefactors will recall is the young Ethiopian whose life was spared by your charity. He was given a kidney by younger brother Robel last year, thanks to the skill and generosity of Dr. Matthew Cooper of the transplant institute at Georgetown University Medical Hospital.
Assefa & Robel now live with family in Takoma Park, MD. Assefa is working with NCCL to coordinate the project to dig a well or more in his native Irob land.
Here’s what he reports yesterday:
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Subject: Here is the report that I got
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 05:52:58
From: Assefa Hailu Baraki
To: Gregory P Lloyd, NCCL Executive Director
I hope this email will find you well. As we talked on the phone yesterday, here is the report that I found from my Father, Hailu Baraki and Almaz. The information I got from my dad and Almaz explains that there is overall drought (lack of water), and hot in whole Irob land, where is almost desert. This is very horrible and disaster.
On Saturday March 15th at 1:25 pm, I talked with Almaz, who is young and moved to little town called Alitena from her birth place “Arae”, which is one of very badly affected place in Irob. Here is what she told me about her birth place where her parents live and trying to survive from this horrible drought.
The place is called Arae. It is been almost five years as the rain stops raining or raining very little, and now the place is almost desert, actually as Irob land is becoming, but this one is worst. Five villages (Ado Buda, Da Buda, Firos, Asa Aa, and Kuhula Daga) are there that she know and these five villagers used to have one big well and this one big well which people and animals were using to drink is now dried and a new one is built. To arrive to this well and get water it takes them 5 hours, 4 hours, 3 hours on foot. It differs according to the place where they live. And to get the water from the well it took them very long hours because the well is not filling water fast and is not enough to the people. To solve this what they do is if one or two villages come to day, the other village comes tomorrow and the other after tomorrow. Each village gets water from 3rd day with very long hour waiting to pour water from the well because the well is not producing very slowly and they should have to wait on the line for a long hours. They can not wash their clothes. The animals they have to drink very saline water by waiting their turn and even that very saline water is on the way to dry.
On Saturday, March 15, 1:40 pm I talked to my Father, Hailu Baraki. As my Dad said to me all Irob people are almost facing the same problem which is drought. The place where he lives is called Madorre which is 20 or 15 minutes from Dewhan a small town which is a capital of Irob woreda [county]. There are two wells in Dewhan which is made by helping agents, but the two wells are not enough to the people that lives there and took them in line almost 4 hour, 3 hours and 2 hours. As the dam is there and a river passes by the place which drys on summer and is dirty to drink, the well gets water from there, so people from every where who are in a very lack of water come to get water there by walking 6 hours, 5 hours or so on foot, and some by car. I asked my Dad which parts of Irob are having worst drought? He said the some places called Adaga, Ali Gade, and Mashafita are having the worst drought, and from these places people are moving away because they can not survive the drought. Some people come to Dewhan and take water.
To conclude that, all Irob people are now in a very need of help because of this drought and its changing to desert. People are moving from place to place to survive. They are praying to heavens to get rain and to survive in their home, therefore; they are humbly asking everyone who have a good heart and understand this horrible situation of drought and lack of water in Irob to help in everything he/she can to drill the wells which are extremely necessary to Irob people to survive now and in future.
In Jesus Name,
Assefa Hailu Baraki
“Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you.
Everything passes away except God. God alone is sufficient.”