MJAFT’s protest: Albania is thirsty!

September 2006


The Mjaft Movement returns this September with a protest campaign under the motto: “Albania is thirsty!” In one of the days of the protest, the activists of the Movement MJAFT built on Tirana’s main boulevard an “antique aqueduct” of 1200 6 litter empty plastic water gallons to symbolize that there is still thirst in Albania at the beginning of the 21st century.

Stationed in front of the building of the Ministry of Public Works on the boulevard, the MJAFT activists reminded the public of the government’s failure to keep its promises to improve the water supply situation. To substantiate the emergency of the situation, the protestors used data and statistics from the World Bank Office in Tirana, the Institute of Statistics, the University Hospital Center, the General Directorate of Water Supply and Sewage Pipes. Specifically they pointed out that:

- 30 per cent of the inhabitants in the other urban areas receive water in their pipes for less than six hours a day; Only less than 50 per cent of households in the country have uninterrupted water supply; the remaining fifty per cent receive water for 10 hours a day or even less.

- Hundreds of children and elderly people appear at the hospitals in the country due to complications arising from consumption of polluted water; 70 per cent of the towns receive their water from underground sources, and there is only 85 coverage of the country with drinking water.

The World Bank reports the scandalous statistic that 80 per cent of the Albanian households do not have running water facilities.


As part of this same campaign, the Movement MJAFT launched the protest “Albania is thirsty” in the town of Fier, too. Here they improvised a voting station. In the square linking the Municipality and the Prefecture buildings they placed two six litter water gallons, normally used to sell drinking water, and turned them into ballot boxes. In this original way of voting the citizens were asked to cast their ballot either in the “I buy my water” box or in the “I drink from the tap” box. Ninety per cent of the citizens cast their ballot in the box: “I buy my water”.



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