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Marathon of Paris: a Gambian standing for drinking water

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Africa Top Success reported it earlier that the 39th edition of the Marathon of Paris ended on Sunday with the coronation of the 30-year-old Kenyan, Mark Korir. Aprt from the nice performance of the African athletes who stand in the first three positions of the competition, a lady from the continent made speak about her.

Dressed in traditional attire with sandals and a can on her head, Siabatou Sanneh participated in the race with boards carrying suggestive messages: « Every day in Africa, women go this distance for drinking water« , « help us to reduce the distance« .

The Gambian who never landed in France before carried thus the cries for help of a whole continent in front of the international community. She is supported in this initiative by the British NGO, Water for Africa. The latter launched a campaign of fund raising in order to finance water pumps in Gambian rural localities.

The NGO has already financed 120 similar projects but water still remains a rare good in Gambia. Several households drink bad quality water from wells. The initiative from the Gambian lady, Siabatou Sanneh, touched the decision-makers who participate in the 7th world water forum in Daegu.


Original text by:Roger ADZAFO

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