Reference : V-P-AF-E-01959
Date : 2012
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : North of the country, on the outskirts of Kunduz, Seh Darak. On the top of a bamboo ladder, Abdul grapples with electric wires that will supply the village with energy and bring power to pumps providing clean water.
Photographer : DANZIGER, Nick
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : reserved users only
Copyright : DANZIGER, Nick
Description : RC RC magazine

Issue 1, 2013, p. 22

DELICATELY BALANCED on the top rungs of a rickety bamboo ladder, Abdul Hamid grapples with electric wires that will supply She Darak with energy and bring power to pumps providing critically needed clean water.

The head of the community development council, Hamid also donated a parcel of land so that the ICRC could drill the last of five boreholes to bring water to this neighbourhood on the outskirts of Kunduz, a city of some 250,000 people in the far north of Afghanistan.

It’s vital work as more than two-thirds of the wells feeding Kunduz are in Seh Darak. But it’s precarious. Here at the edge of town, the last mud-brick homes meet fields (known as the ‘badlands’) that extend to the horizon. Beyond, it’s too dangerous for humanitarian workers to venture.

Years of insecurity have meant four generators, necessary to draw water, have stood idle. Eventually the community came to the ICRC, which agreed to repair the generators and made provisions to protect them. The new boreholes and electrical connections — along with 12 kilometres of new pipe — will benefit around 11,000 people.

Author: Nick Danziger
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4032x3024
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour