When one travels overseas, especially to developing countries like Ethiopia and Morocco, one starts to appreciate how well off we are living in places like Australia. The poignant scene shown in the photo above shows that not all people in Morocco have reticulated water in their homes.
This woman is at the public fountain in the street, filling a series of water containers to take home. We grumble if our water supply is cut off for pipeline repairs or maintenance, even if this is only for an hour or two. Imagine having to go a distance down the street to collect water on a daily basis.
In more rural areas we saw people riding their donkeys great distances in order to reach a reliable source of water.
We take far too many things for granted here in Australia.
Some of the buildings in the town of Sefrou near Fes in Morocco are badly in need of repair, as is illustrated in the photo above. Some have indeed collapsed and others seem destined for the same fate. Sadly, many of the locals probably do not have enough disposable cash to deal with the problem. Many of the poorer quarters we travelled through or visited were like this, and it was sad to see. Far too many seem to be simply just surviving.
Some basic amenities we take for granted here in Australia are simply not available. We all assume we will have safe drinking reticulated water right into our homes, and we get upset if the water supply is cut for repairs for even an hour or two. Notice the man in photo above. He is carrying two water containers to the public fountain to the right of where I was standing.