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In Ethiopia, 65% of people don’t have access to clean drinking water. In this album we take a glimpse at the struggles Ethiopians go through each day, just to survive. We look closely at the different methods used to improve the quality of life in the rural highlands as well as the conflict between neighbouring farming villages attempting to share the same water supply. This material forms part of the course U116 Environment: journeys through a changing world.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Water in Ethiopia

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Water in Ethiopia    A short introduction to this album. Play now Water in Ethiopia
2 Water - a human right    Access to water in Ethiopia can be a matter of life or death. This is brief look at the lives of people for whom an adequate water supply can never be taken for granted. Play now Water - a human right
3 Water in rural Ethiopia    A day in the life of Yeshiemebet Zewdu., a local villager who lives with her husband and five children. Her daily tasks include several trips to a  spring to fetch water for all their daily needs. Play now Water in rural Ethiopia
4 Water in urban Ethiopia    Life in the Ethiopian town of Bahir Dar is somewhat different from rural life we see in track 2 'Water in rural Ethiopia'. With a direct water pipe to her house, Mulugojam Tegegne and her family enjoy a relatively comfortable life. Play now Water in urban Ethiopia
5 Three Ways of Getting Water: Rural water supply from a river.    65% of people in Ethiopia don’t have access to clean drinking water. With the dangers of contamination and pollution, some people are forced to use the river as their only source of water. Play now Three Ways of Getting Water: Rural water supply from a river.
6 Three Ways of Getting Water: Rural Pump    A water pump has transformed villagers lives and given them  better health, improved productivity and has brought the community together. Play now Three Ways of Getting Water: Rural Pump
7 Three Ways of Getting Water: City supply    In Gondar, a quarter of a million residents rely on the city reservoir and water treatment works. In addition to increasing pressures from a growing population, the reservoir is already filling up with silt washed down from the surrounding area; made worse by soil erosion and inadequate environmental protection. Play now Three Ways of Getting Water: City supply
8 Sharing a river    Conflict arises between three farming villages in the highlands of northern Ethiopia as the communities attempt to share water from the same stretch of the Guder River. Play now Sharing a river

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