Siabatou Sanneh carried a placard that read: “In Africa, women walk this distance every day to collect water. Help us shorten the distance”.The strength of a mother is one unlike any other.
Millions of women from all walks of life and nations throughout the world share a common bond when blessed with opportunity to embark on the journey of motherhood, and one Gambian supermom defied the odds yet again when she joined over 50,000 participants to complete the annual Paris Marathon carrying a 20kg water container on her head.
Leaving her country for the first time in her life and guided by the desire to raise awareness about the lack of clean drinking water accessible to African women, Siabatou Sanneh represented non-profit organization “Water for Africa” in extraordinary fashion.
Speaking with the help of a translator, the 43-year-old mother of three tells the IBI Times UK:
“I came to Paris to do the marathon to raise awareness and help the African women get clean water for their domestic use – for drinking, cooking, washing and gardening to grow agriculture. In my country, you grow what you eat and you eat what you grow, but you can only do that with sufficient water.
“I expect this will enable people to donate so we can have clean water in African villages. I don’t want my children and their children to be collecting water from the well when they are my age.”