KWR Kees Roest by KWR Kees Roest
03 April 2019

Safe water in conflict zones is extremely important

UNICEF published a report on water supply for children in complex humanitarian emergencies, drawing on data from 16 conflict-affected countries. The UN agency notes that almost three times as many children under 15 worldwide die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by lack of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities than from actual conflicts; for children and infants under five, more than 20 times as many die from unsafe WASH than from violence in conflict....

Lack of Safe Water More Deadly to Children Than War, UNICEF Warns | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

22 March 2019: The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a report on water supply for children in complex humanitarian emergencies, drawing on data from 16 conflict-affected countries. The UN agency notes that almost three times as many children under 15 worldwide die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by lack of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities than from actual conflicts; for children and infants under five, more than 20 times as many die from unsafe WASH than from violence in conflict. The 13-page report titled, ‘Water Under Fire: For Every Child, Water and Sanitation in Complex Emergencies,’ was launched to mark World Water Day on 22 March 2019. The report contains facts and figures about the impact that lack of WASH in conflict situations has on children, and presents stories about individual children’s lives in Bangladesh, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and other conflict-affected countries. The report draws on data from Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It finds that, in 2014-2016, diarrhoeal diseases caused more children’s deaths than violence in all countries, with the exception of Libya, Iraq and...

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