Wars deny millions access to water

waterFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – MORE than 180 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in countries affected by conflict, violence and instability around the world.
Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan are among countries worst affected.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) said minors were most disadvantaged.
“In countries beset by violence, displacement, conflict and instability,children’s most basic means of survival water must be a priority,” Unicef global chief of water, sanitation and hygiene, Sanjay Wijesekera, said.
In conflict-affected areas in northeast Nigeria, 75 percent of water and sanitation infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed.
In South Sudan, where fighting has raged for over three years, almost half the water points across the country have been devastated.
In famine-threatened north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen,nearly 30 million people, including 14,6 million children, are in urgent need of safe water.
More than 5 million children are estimated to be malnourished this year, with 1,4 million severely undernourished.
“When children have no safe water to drink, and when health systems are left in ruins, malnutrition and potentially fatal diseases like cholera will inevitably follow,” Wijesekera said.
CAJ News

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