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Humanitarian response, Climate Change and Resilience
Natural Disaster, Urban
10 September 20
Interview with Zalika saadou a victim of the flooding. 55 year old Zalika is a widow and mother of 11 and works as a spice seller (although her work has been disrupted by the flooding). She is currently staying in a school alongside 79 others after being displaced by the flooding from their neighbourhood of Kirkissoye in the capital Niamey. However, they have now been told they need to vacate the classromm where they are currently seeking shelter as the school year is about to begin and the space is needed for schooling.
00 :00 :00 : 00 :00 : 05 we took what we could out of our stuff and came here to this school ;
00 :00 :05 : 00 :00 : 22 : We could no longer stay in our houses, the walls fell down, and the water was rising from under us ;
00 :00 :23 : 00 :00 :29 : You can see our stuff parked in the classrooms, all of us you see here have no alternative place to go ;
00 :00 : 29 : - 00 :00 :43 : And now we're being asked to vacate the premises by Sunday, they gave us a week to vacate the classrooms we use ;
00 :00 : 43 : - 00 :00 :49 :so where to go ? relatives and acquaintances with whom we could take shelter also have their houses flooded; what can we do? 00 :00 : 49 : - 00 :00 :50 : Should take our stuffs and we go back to our flooded homes?
00 :01 : 04 : - 00 : there is actually nothing in our power that we can do now, we are only waiting for the providence,to see what may happen ;
"So where do we go? Relatives and acquaintances with whom we could take shelter have also seen their homes flooded. What can we do - should we take our stuff and go back to our flooded houses?"
"Since we have been in this school, I can't do my business [as a spiceseller] anymore because we are now feeding ourselves with the goods I usually sell..."