A Quest for Water, Chapter 3: Buried Alive! (4)

Boys fetching water at an animal trough.A QUEST FOR WATER: (Based on actual events in the southern Sahara)

“I’m so thirsty,” lamented Raichatou, “and hungry, too.” Wanting to see if they would be able to get their water soon, and hoping to distract her cousin from discouragement, Mouheini proposed, “Let’s find some water to drink.” Not far from the well sat a corroded aluminum trough from which a few cows drank muddy filth lying at the bottom. The girls scooped as much of the liquid as they could into their hands to assuage their thirst.

photo: Boys fetching water at an animal trough. Even though the water comes from a very deep well, it is still murky and contaminated.