Notes to broadcasters
Located in the Sudan-Sahel region, the fictional country of Manibu has a rainy season that lasts only three months. The problem of drinking water is very acute, and the problem of water for agriculture is even more serious. Consequently, irrigation is a useful practice to increase and diversify farm production.
For ten months, swamps were reclaimed and rehabilitated in Zamana village, which made villagers very happy. This was made possible thanks to technical and financial help from development organizations. Activity in the water sub-sector intensified. Today, the water sector has become a source of illegal gain for many people and companies working in that sector. Bribes here, promises there. And water is getting scarce.
The following drama gives us insight into the core of a system of corruption that afflicted Zamana village.
This script is a mini-drama based on actual interviews. You could use this script as inspiration to research and write a script on a similar topic in your area. Or you might choose to produce this script on your station, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interviews.
Mouta: expert in civil engineering
Bassi: opinion leader
Abou: president of the farmers’ group
Belou: general secretary of the farmers’ group
Fama: chief of the delegation
Monda: town crier
The people of Zamana gave a huge round of applause. A new era was about to start. Several months later, reclaimed farmland was made available to them. The swamp had been drained, a dam built, and flat farming land made available for farming. Most households received pieces of land. They immediately sowed their new fields.
You could see the hope animating the small-scale farmers with new farming land in Zamana. Everyone had a smile on their face. One farmer expressed the opinion of all the farmers: “Oh God, I thank you for all you are doing for me. This year, I thank you even more for giving me a piece of land. I will finally be able to afford a couple of oxen after I sell my rice.”
But the people of Zamana did not stay happy for long. There was a big disappointment, as if a disaster had hit the village. After a rain which was no heavier than usual, the dam broke. Water flooded the reclaimed land, harvests were lost and hopes died.
But now, let me take you back to the happy time after the swamp was drained, the reclaimed land created, and before the dam broke. On one of those happy days, a farmer is visited by his cousin, an expert engineer. He can’t wait to show the cousin his rice field. They go together to the reclaimed land.
People of Zamana, men, women, elders and youth, I greet you. Through my voice … (voice repeats and fades).
- Contributed by: Senior writer Adama G. Zongo, journalist, Jade Productions, Burkina Faso, a Farm Radio International strategic partner.
Reviewed by: Erik Nielsen, Manager Country Based Programmes, Water Integrity Network and Alexandra Malmqvist, Assistant Communications Coordinator, Water Integrity Network.Thanks to: Christophe Tiemtore, provincial director of agriculture, hydraulics and halieutic resources, in Zoundwéogo, Burkina Faso
- Interviews conducted on February 4, April 2 and April 6, 2010
- Youssouf A. Guindo, mediator at 2iE, Ouagadougou
- François Nikiema, programme officer, National network to fight corruption (REN-LAC)
- Issa Sorgho, NGO Eau Vive
- WIN-West Africa planning workshop held on April 6, 2010 in Ouagadougou