Wash your hands. People say it, write it, make declarations about it it every damn day. Wash your hands with soap and wate as often as possible. But what are you supposed to do if you are one of millions of people that don’t have access to running water because service has been shut off because of overdue bills.
Detroit, only in recent weeks, restored water to some of the more than 141,000 homes that had their water cut off since 2014. The lack of water has been a problem since long before coronavirus started to infect people in the U.S.
The people of Flint have to contend with the lack of clean water and the coronavirus and concentrated poverty which compounds the suffering of people in this community.
Water is a human right, like health care, shelter and food. We must fight against the commodification of the water that we need to live. Water is not a commodity. Water should not be sold as merchandise. Water is sacred. Our lives are sacred.
A young boy with black hair and dark eyes looks out at the viewer as he turns the tap on a water spigot, filling a glass. Text in Spanish states: “EL AGUA NO ES MERCANCIA, NO A LA PRIVATIZACION!”