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Story Liberia Women Democracy Radio November 18, 2011

Contaminated Water Taking Lives in Liberia's Slums


Liberia - Rhetoric and Reality on Water

Only 25 percent of the population has access to clean water in Liberia, but government officials...

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Kulah Borbor, whose husband died of cholera, at the well she uses in West Point, a slum in Monrovia, Liberia. Image by Peter Sawyer. Liberia, 2011.

Liberian journalist Tecee Boley reports from Monrovia's biggest slum, West Point, about the lack of access to clean water. Most slum residents meet their water needs by drawing from a well or collecting rainwater. However, water from both sources is contaminated and often leads to deaths from water-borne diseases such as cholera.

Boley received a grant from the Pulitzer Center to report on water and sanitation issues, part of the center's West Africa water and sanitation reporting initiative. Her project investigates the gap between the Liberian government's stated intention to address the problem and the actual conditions experienced by Monrovia residents.

New Narratives, an initiative supporting African journalists reporting on Africa, provided editorial and technical support for this report.


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