Tuesday, July 12, 2011

US artists in Gaza over water crisis

PressTV - US artists in Gaza over water crisis:

Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:13PM
Yousef al-Helou, Press TV, Gaza

"A delegation of US artists from several American organizations are in Gaza to bring worldwide attention to the water crisis in the besieged territory, the artists said they came to help local community paint murals about drinking, a basic human right. The initiative will create a series of 10 collaborative mural projects in 10 cities across the globe in areas impacted by water rights issues.

The murals will be painted at the sites of water purification unites which have been installed at schools and kindergarten, as part of the Middle East Children's alliance Maia project, which was launched in September 2009, to provide Palestinian children with clean drinking water.
Through their collective creative process of painting, the artists aim to engage youth, local artists, organizers, and environmental activists, to create imagery which reflects the need for drinking water.
water experts say that more than 90% of ground water in Gaza is not suitable for human consumption, adding that Palestinians get only a quarter of the water Israelis have access to.
According to the Gaza Coastal Municipal Water Utility, Gaza will not have any fresh groundwater by 2015. Gazans consume more than 170 million liters from an aquifer which is the only source of groundwater in the strip.
The ongoing five year siege of Gaza has meant an increasingly long waiting list of spare parts and building materials. This directly has affected Gaza's ability to maintain its sanitation and water treatment facilities.

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