Um Helmi lives in the centre of Nabi Saleh. She has 4 sons and 2 daughters and is worried about having enough water.
“We haven’t received water for a month because of the low quantities coming through the network so we are forced to buy tankered water [from trucks] but they are expensive” she says. When it is like this we have to ration what we use and I have to take money away from other things like my children’s education and healthcare to afford the water”.
Um Helmi built a rainwater harvesting system and a new cistern to try and ensure she has sufficient quantities for her family. “My son is getting married soon and he will move in next door with his new wife. We will share our cistern and rainwater with them but I know that there will not be enough for us all. This situation is unfair. We see that the nearby settlement is green and has grass growing all year and we feel pain that we are being robbed of water. All we want is justice”.