US city criticised for mass water shut-offs

UN experts warn of rights violations after bankrupt Detroit's water department cracks down on non-paying customers.

    The US city of Detroit, a once-thriving car-manufacturing hub, is bankrupt and desperate for revenue. The water department is cutting off water from thousands of non-paying customers. The development has prompted UN experts to visit the city as they warn of rights violations.

    Al Jazeera's John Hendren reports.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    Tracee Herbaugh's mother, Sharon, abandoned her when she was born, pursuing a career from which she never returned.

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    For Ethiopia, a new dam holds the promise of much-needed electricity; for Egypt, the fear of a devastating water crisis.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.