As cameras and news reporters disappear from the private lawns and community meetings addressing the Flint water crisis in the mid-Michigan auto industry hub, residents of the area are begging for more attention to be brought back, so America can see what it is like to live for years without clean, drinkable water.
For thousands in Flint, the limited access to clean water has meant an inability to do simple activities like washing vegetables in the sink, because the faucet water is filled with deadly bacteria.
Maegan Wilson told Faithwire in an interview from her Flint, MI home, “Everyday is a struggle.”
“We still have to use a water filter on our taps…for the next five years at least. (It feels like) nothing has improved” since the tragic tale first made national headlines roughly three years ago in 2014.
Caption: Water from Maegan Wilson’s Sink. Photo Credit: Maegan Wilson
However, the water in Flint has always been considered to be of poor quality and media reports have stated that in the 1970s the drinking water was contaminated with fecal bacteria and other toxic substances. So, the anger and fear residents have now came from decades of lies and unresolved issues with their water supply.
“(We were) lied to for MONTHS on end about water quality, and seeing your family’s health deteriorate (made me see that) you CAN NOT rely on the information presented. Many conflicting reports within the various agencies (have come up),” Wilson explained. “We have several independent colleges doing water testing. They have found bacteria as well as lead in the water.”
Caption: Water outside of Maegan Wilson’s home. Photo Credit: Maegan Wilson
“We have several bacteria illnesses like Legionella, Shigella, and dysentery outbreaks,” even though new reports have minimized that and claimed a small victory because the lead levels are below the federal limit, a local Michigan television station said at the end of January.
In the same report, the topic of water color and bacteria filled pipes were talking points that were avoided by Flint officials.
LEAD IN WATER in Flint, Michigan is 'going down' but LOOK at those bottles?! It's unacceptable what those… https://t.co/djuN68R1Hk
— wendy (@anchorwendyryan) January 26, 2017
Many locals, like Wilson, are left with little to no hope. During the interview, she recalled hearing about the children of Flint and the poor water quality in the school systems, an issue that was present for years before it was actually acknowledged by city officials as a problem.
Wilson explained that 9,000 kids under the age of six had lead poisoning caused by the unclean water a couple of years ago. Wilson described her reaction to the devastating report: “my knees (to) hit the floor and I…(cried) out to God.” Adding, “(God’s) presence overwhelmed me and I became very determined to help my community.”
Wilson did, and continues to do so with a Facebook page focused on the water crisis.
Despite these efforts, thousands of children that Wilson has prayed for still have serious health problems due to the high levels of lead and toxic substances in the water.
— Little Miss Flint (@LoveMeLuLu22) February 3, 2017
Lead poisoning in kids is very dangerous. According to the Mayo Clinic, ” children younger than 6 years old are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development.”
@CBSNews how about the children poisoned with lead in the water in Flint Michigan no one is protecting them.
— Jeff (@geierman777) January 25, 2017
How does Wilson keep going knowing this? Well, she said, I know that “God has been with me every step of this crisis. He has sheltered me and given me peace that goes beyond all understanding. I can literally feel angels helping me in the worst time in my entire life. (So) I am blessed to feel the comfort of God.”
“Some people do not have that peace,” she continued. “Some people do not know Jesus Christ as their savior. Everyday I just keep thanking God and praying good health for my family everyday.”
Caption: Maegan Wilson’s Family Photo Credit: Maegan Wilson
Wilson’s faith is strong, but she believes that others around the world need to continue to pray and help the people of Flint fight what she describes as a “spiritual war.”
“We are in a spiritual war…and…we need Christians to put on the whole armor of God and pray against strong holds over the city that are tormenting people. People are sick, down trodden, discouraged and scared to death of health consequences. We need MAJOR INTERCESSION and hands to help.”
— Little Miss Flint (@LoveMeLuLu22) January 27, 2017
If you are interested in helping the people of Flint, Wilson suggested reaching out to the Flint Water Crisis’s Facebook page and calling your local member of congress and demanding help for the people of Flint.