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The Boy Who Had Nothing!

Posted by feww on June 17, 2009

Not Even Drinking Water

Image of the Day: If it Looks Like Raw Sewage …

Each year up to  4 million people die  from water related diseases, the leading cause of disease and death around the world.


A boy drinks water from a pond in Bule Duba village in the outskirts of Moyale, near the edge of Oroma and Somali regions of Ethiopia, June 12, 2009. Prolonged drought, lack of water and limited pasture have led to conflict between the Somali and Borena ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia which left hundreds of people dead in February this year. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says it needs some 100 million Swiss francs to prevent conflict, famine and epidemics as well as restore the livelihoods of 2.5 million people in the Horn of Africa. Image may be subject to copyright. REUTERS/Irada Humbatova

In Ethiopia, one in five children die before they reach the age of five from water-borne diseases. According to a report published in UK medical journa The Lancet, poor water sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water cause more deaths than war and war related action.

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