Water and Sanitation Problems Plague Monrovians

It is often said in Liberia: “to spoil it is easy but to build it is hard.” So is the case with water and sanitation here. The 14-year civil war destroyed much of the water supply and sanitation facilities. People escaping brutal battles in the heart of the country relocated to Monrovia—overcrowding the city’s slums and turning them into urban jungles of dirty water and sewage. In a collaboration between the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and New Narratives Tecee Boley has been visiting some of these slums to brings us this report.

68% of Liberians say they rely on untreated water sources for drinking water