On January 3rd, 2013, hundreds of Maghta-Lahjar residents took to the streets in a protest [ar] demanding potable water for their community. The regime had promised them to finish suffering and provide them with water, however, time has passed and the promise wasn’t fulfilled. The residents unrest known by the water uprising [en] kicked off three years ago, but it was only last year that increased in scale.
Activist Tfeil Brahim wrote about the Maghta-Lahjar protest [a]:
لم يخيب سكان المكطع الأحرار آمال الشباب فيهم
فهبوا بحشودهم الكبيرة ليؤكدوا على مضيهم قدما مع شبابهم المناضلين
في المطالبة بالمياه الصالحة للشرب , وليبرهنوا على أن المواعيد الباطلة لاتزيدهم إلى إصرارا.
فما عاد للوعود وقع في نفوس أهل المكطع , فلم نعد نثق سوى في الإطلاق الفعلي للمشروع
Maghta-Lahjar free citizens didn’t disappoint the youth hopes in them, they went massively to assert they were moving forward with the young militants in demanding drinkable water and to prove that vain promises will only increase their persistence and tenacity. Maghta-Lahjar inhabitants no longer believe promises, we only believe in really launching the project.
The Mauritanian Water Uprising · Global Voices.