Africa Out of Water


AllAfrica partner publisher Africa in Fact looks at a continent faced with critical water shortages, overfishing, desertification, looming disputes over the sharing of rivers and a populace whose livelihood depends on the precious resource .

Fishing boats in Lamu, Kenya.

  • Lesotho:  Quenching South Africa's Thirst

    Africa In Fact, 1 July 2013

    Lesotho is a tiny mountainous country completely enclosed by South Africa. One of the world’s poorest, its economy is almost entirely dependent on South Africa’s for ... read more »

  • South Sudan:  Dams, Droughts, Desertification and Water Wars

    Africa In Fact, 1 July 2013

    Water, not oil, will determine the economic fate and well-being of Sudan and South Sudan. In many African countries, sewage, mud and other contaminants compromise water, health and ... read more »

  • East Africa:  The Struggle to Control the Nile's Water

    Africa In Fact, 1 July 2013

    Strong emotions rise to the surface when discussions turn to the Nile, the world’s longest river. Most debate swirls around control of its basin which is shared by 11 African ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  The Big Flush - a Drop in the Bucket

    Africa In Fact, 1 July 2013

    Last July the Bulawayo City Council closed the taps to preserve the southwestern city’s dwindling water supplies. For 48 hours of every week, they turned off running water to ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  Fishing and Tourism Collide

    Africa In Fact, 1 July 2013

    Adelino Francisco Huo spent most of his teenage years rising before dawn and climbing aboard a dhow, a small wooden boat with triangular sails. Mr Huo and a small group of boys and ... read more »

  • Togo:  Afloat in Water, but Still Thirsty

    Africa In Fact, 1 July 2013

    In Lomé, the capital of the tiny West African country of Togo, many citizens still fetch water from traditionally built hand-dug wells, water that may not be safe to drink. ... read more »

  • Namibia:  Caught Between Rocks and Hard Places

    Africa In Fact, 1 July 2013

    The Namibian fishing industry, widely considered one of Africa’s bestmanaged, is heading for stormy waters. A combination of a depressed Spanish market, rising operating ... read more »