Manual Water Pump Built in Eastern Ghouta, Syria


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Video shot on February 1, 2014 in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

This video shows the building of a manual pump to get water out of a 7 meter deep well. The besieged area of Eastern Ghouta has been suffering from lack of water, due to the lack of electricity, which powers the water pumps.

Video can be viewed here

Shot List:

-Various shots of Eastern Gouta showing people moving barrels and filling them with water.

-Interviews with the inhabitants of Eastern Gouta talking about their misery.

-Various shots of the manual water pump and the way it operates .


Abu Alaa:
We don’t have water. We want to wash ourselves so we can pray, do laundry, and there’s no water. We’ve been waiting for hours to get 10 liters of water, and we can’t even get our hands on it.

Abu Jamal:
I’ve been here since 8:30, standing in line. We get pushed back and forth, we just need a barrel of water, so we can wash ourselves, take a shower. Look at us, check out my neck, it's dirty, we don’t have water to shower, how are we going to clean ourselves?

Abu Ali:
There’s no water in the main pipe so we have to carry barrels to the nearest water tap and fill them up. We need to go through this mission about 2-3 times per day to fulfill our water need.

Abu Saleh:
Here in the eastern Gouta we are suffering from the lack of water, or to be more accurate, we have water but we don’t have any gas, fuel or even electricity. We needed to pump the water from the wells so we invented a manual device that includes an engine and a stepper that pumps out water when you press it. We can pump out water from a well that is 7 meters deep.