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Having lived in this community for the better part of my life, I am alarmed by the illnesses that are plaguing it. Over the years, the community has enjoyed a wonderful and safe environment which could have been envied by anyone, but the rising cases of unexplainable sicknesses are threatening this balanced community. These diseases and common respiratory problems cannot be said to have natural causes, and it is not a sheer coincidence because it shows a regular pattern: same ailments are afflicting people in the same area over a prolonged period of time.
My love of the community inspired me to dig into the root cause of these ailments as I cannot imagine relocating to another area of the city due to a number of reasons. One of them is that this area is adjacent to the city and is well served by transport facilities. Another is the safety of the area: we seldom hear criminal cases. The community is also well knit, and the neighbors are caring and wonderful people. Finally, I cannot imagine starting a new life in another place and making new friends again.
Due to the above reasons, I took the responsibility of investigating what could be wrong with the community. My first area of research was the water supply to check if there was any contamination. I collected samples and took them to private laboratories, which gave a negative result. My next stop was the main stores within the community to check if common household goods and groceries were contaminated or expired; this also gave negative results. I also checked the sewerage system to ensure that there were no leakages to the rivers; and there was none.
Finally, I analyzed the gas supply of the community by taking samples to a private laboratory to ascertain if it contained harmful substances. This is where I found my clue: the gas used by many households contains some traces of toxic gases that include sulfur dioxide, lead oxide, and nitrogen dioxide. One of the reasons of the presence of these gases is the purification methods applied by the company supplying it.
The community should come together and sue the company or get an out of court settlement so as to make the company compensate the victims for damages caused by their gas supply and to commit it to provide quality and safe gas. This will require collaboration of all the residents and community leaders to ensure the safety of the community. This is our duty, and we should unite to protect our future.