Reference : V-P-AF-E-01967
Date : 2012
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Kunduz, Ze Khel neighbourhood. Portrait of Abdul Hakim, truck driver, mechanic and water commitee member. He is one of the men formed by the ICRC to repair water pump
Photographer : DANZIGER, Nick
Confidentiality level : public
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Copyright : DANZIGER, Nick
Description : RC RC magazine

Issue 1, 2013, p. 23

"If we have water we have everything"


Spare parts and expertise

In many parts of Afghanistan, water is pumped by hand. But when pumps break, local communities don’t always have the parts they need and it’s too dangerous for staff with expertise and tools to go out to repair them. In this case, the ICRC invites local engineers to its office in Kunduz for training and help in finding the spare parts.

“We have had a water pump on the corner of our street for 20 years, but it has broken 20 times,” says Abdul Hakim, a truck driver, mechanic and water committee member in Ze Khel, Kunduz. “It gets used so heavily, it’s not surprising.”

Now a local engineer has fixed the pump in Ze Khel with spare parts and additional training from the ICRC. In this way, nearly a third of 430 scheduled hand-pump repairs have been carried out, an example of the ways humanitarians sometimes must use ‘indirect’ or ‘remote’ assistance with local partners in areas where access is not possible.

Author: Nick Danziger

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