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Widespread corruption hinders projects aimed at improving sanitation, water quality
Lourdes Mendonca collects water from a well in Asumau village (Photo by Siktus Harson)
Without access to clean water, Juliana Martines De Araujo’s family has suffered immensely over the past 33 years. Five of nine children died within their first few months, and another son has been confined to a wheelchair for years since contracting a severe stomach illness.
Until recently, an average day included four hours spent traveling back and forth to collect river water in heavy jerry cans that were parceled out for cooking, washing and bathing.
But after more than three decades, water has at last come to Aileu district’s Seloi Kraik village, located about an hour-and-a-half from the Timor-Leste capital of Dili.