For lots of people in rural Egypt, water is one of their biggest needs. This adventure filled diary was written by Mido. A teen at the age of 13, Mido lived in a dry region 4 km away from the nearest water source on the Nile where he walked to every day to get water. This diary was later found by an infamous explorer named Aaron Wu, who went to the school called ISB.
Adventure At The Nile October 10th, 2001
It was just an ordinary summer morning . Like many families in Egypt, our family lived near the Nile. Access to water in Egypt is almost nonexistent except close to the great river. But it was still 4 km away, a very long walk to get to the Nile. Most people don’t have cars or real transport where I live. Today, I stumbled down to the Nile to fetch a bucket of water. With the weather as hot as today, 34 degrees Celsius, it seemed even longer. I was sweating like I was a sprinkler.
When I arrived at the Nile I noticed that there was a big hold up. When I finally managed to get to the front of the crowd, I saw a group of angry crocodiles surrounding the Nile’s bank as far as a naked eye could see. They were in their habitat but had gathered in one place.
“OH NO!” I thought, “If I don’t come back with water I know I will be beaten!” This group of selfish animals didn’t seem like they wanted to move away from the Nile anytime soon.
I yelled bravely at the crocodiles and threw a rock at them, “Move your body, you lazy bunch of animals.” One of the crocodiles turned around, very confused. I was pretty sure that he was never disturbed like that. However, his confusion soon turned into rage!
He leaped at me, I managed to dodge the crocodile. I knew that if I didn’t fight back I had no chance of survival. I got up and picked up branch that fell of a dead tree. When the crocodile struck again, I smacked it with the branch. The blow was so hard that it made the crocodile fall and roll. When it got back up, I was expecting another round of fight, but the crocodile and the whole group just started running away. Everybody cheered and smiled at me.
When I got home my mom looked startled to see me. She said that she heard the news and was so proud but worried! She gave me a warm glass of milk and asked me to rest, she knew that I must have been exhausted.