LOADING

A WALK FOR WATER


At daybreak, the wives and daughters
in the village of Malith, South Sudan
set off to collect water. With an empty
plastic bucket or jerry can in hand, the
walk to the nearest well may take anywhere
from a half hour to an hour and a half.

The well is hand dug, about 12 feet deep
and full of sediment. The water it yields
is unclean and carries disease, but as it
is the only water source for miles, the
villagers make do.

Balancing five gallons of water overhead,
the walk home is even longer -- the first
of two or sometimes three roundtrip
journeys that day.