Uganda Radio Network, by Caroline Ayugi and Frank Openytho
Rwot Kassimiro Ongom, the chief of the Patongo Clan, thinks that River Agago is losing its life because of the poor relationship between the people and the vegetation. Ongom suggests that restoring the old cultural practices that helped in nurturing and prolonging natural resources is the only way to save the river.
Every year, Agago district in northern Uganda suffers severe flooding from May to August and drought from November to March. Most people in the region are crop farmers and rely on the River Agago. "Whenever we receive little rainfall, the river dries up in January and February, leaving only a patch of water around the bridge. This forces people to go looking for boreholes water in distant places," says John Opiyo, a resident.
During an advocacy campaign to save Agago River Catchment by WASH Alliance International partners implementing the WASH SDG programme in the region, Martin Watsisi, the Regional WASH Advisor at IRC Uganda decried the open defecation in the community, saying it is one of the major ways water is being polluted.
"A person who doesn't appreciate sanitation and still defecates in the open should not be given water. Water becomes even more dangerous to that person because they can't keep a safe water chain," Watsisi said. Read more...