Don’t Let World Bank Privatize Sacred Water

Nigerian Park with Water Fountain

Target: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim

Goal: Stop attempts to steal water from a community that holds water sacred by privatizing and selling it.

The World Bank is trying to privatize the water in Lagos, Nigeria–a community that holds a sacred connection to the water that they should have free access to. The bank is trying to convince the people of the city that taking the water from the area and selling it to others at a ridiculous profit is good for them. However, history tells us that this would only be a disaster for the community.

Banks and corporations that privatize water inevitably drain all the vital water from the area and then take off, leaving the people there without a local water source and all the environmental and economic problems that creates. These water thieves don’t care anything about the communities they exploit and have been known to harass the people who try to stop them.

The World Bank has been pushing this privatization agenda for years, and in doing so have impeded the development of Lagos’ public water system. As a result, nine out of 10 persons in the area lack access to clean water. It’s time to run them out of town. Sign our petition to demand that the World Bank stop interfering with the development of public water projects and allow the people of Lagos their right to clean, affordable water.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kim,

I understand that the World Bank is attempting to convince the people of Lagos, Nigeria to allow it to privatize their water supply. What you don’t seem to understand is the fact that the people of Lagos have a cultural, spiritual connection to their water. It’s considered sacred and not to be taken for granted–certainly not to be used as a commodity.

What’s worse is that your institution has been interfering with efforts to build a public water system. Thanks to you, nine out of 10 citizens in the area lack access to clean water. That lack of access can cause illness and death. How long are you going to cause so much suffering for the sake of profits?

The people of Lagos don’t want their water to be privatized, and you must know this seeing as you’re trying to prevent a vote on the issue, instead pushing for a “stakeholder engagement process” so that you can try to convince the people that the privatization of their water to sell off to other countries is a good thing. However, privatization of a local water source has only ever led to pain for the common people.

The humanitarians of the world won’t stand for your manipulative tactics and your interference with programs that would give people access to their basic needs. We demand that you stop your attempts to privatize the water of Lagos immediately and leave the city’s people alone.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Lephilippe

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