Aid & Development

People of Anbar send 1 million bottles of clean water to Basra amid water crisis


Youth in Anbar Province have launched a campaign to collect donations to buy bottles of clean water to be sent to residents of Basra Province due to the current water crisis that Basra is facing. The initiative succeeded in collecting enough money to buy and send over a million bottles to Basra.

In a show of national unity, young people in Anbar Province have launched a campaign which seeks to provide the residents of Basra Province with over a million bottles of clean drinking water. The “A Drop of Water from Anbar to Basra” campaign, which was launched after the recent water contamination crisis in Basra, sought to collect donations that will be used to purchase water bottles that will be sent to Basra.

The founders of this campaign say they were surprised to see their campaign grow beyond the borders of their province. “We have tried to collect donations from Anbar province through social media forums, and we were surprised to find that we were being approached by people beyond the Anbar province,” says Yusuf Saad, a civil activist and founder of the campaign. “Donations were made from all the Iraqi provinces including Basra, and we have found volunteers from all over the country.”

The collections for this campaign allowed the purchase of over a million bottles of clean drinking water that are waiting to be delivered to Basra after the security and logistical procedures are completed.

The youth cited the stance that the residents of southern Iraq stood with the citizens of Anbar against ISIS.

“When we were occupied by ISIS no one stood by us apart from the families from the south [of Iraq], with the fatwa made by the Ayatollah and the food, medical and water supplies that they offered us,” said a citizen from Ramadi. “Our homes are open to them, and they are more than welcome to come over.” Civil activists in Anbar also called on the Iraqi Government to provide the people of Basra with safe drinking water and build desalination plants that will solve the current water crisis.

“Let them provide a solution. People are angry and frustrated,” said a young citizen of Ramadi. “How can we drink [water] when we see our brothers in the south unable to drink water, that is utterly shameful.”

This show of nationalistic unity is what Iraq needs at the current moment. These initiatives show that the people of Iraq are willing to live side by side and aid each other in times of need regardless of sect, ethnicity or political affiliation.