World Water day

Today is world water day. 800 million people have no clean water. It is hard to believe how they can cope at all.

We see floods on TV news almost every day, but the devastation of no water at all, we seldom see the results of.

A Somali herdsman leads goats toward the water point at Afgoye livestock market, west of Mogadishu on March 15, 2010.

“March 22 is World Water Day, and to mark this day, the Council of Canadians is encouraging chapters to take action for water in their community. As you know, there are few things more important than clean, safe water.”

One on the most arid places in the world, The Horn of Africa, have no open water supply, only wells, most of the open wells are subject to all kinds of contamination.

The Horn of Africa region, highlighted above, is the poorest part of the African continent. It includes the countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.

Water cost more than gas.

“Around 1.1 billion people globally do not have access to improved water supply sources whereas 2.4 billion people do not have access to any type of improved sanitation facility. About 2 million people die every year due to diarrhoeal diseases, most of them are children less than 5 years of age. The most affected are the populations in developing countries, living in extreme conditions of poverty, normally peri-urban dwellers or rural inhabitants.”

Clean water should be a human right, but our world is varied, complicated, and not fair to all when it comes to natural resources.

I do not know what to do, drinking less water or not flushing the toilet is not a solution. I do not feel very proud of being a good world citizen.

Support the organizations that provide water wells where needed.

The Horn of Africa have another possibility.

“The Dead Sea Depression – The lowest point on earth – 413 m. below sea level. (Greenland 300 m.)  Lake Assal in the Afar Depression in Djibouti. The very large Quattara Depression in Egypt. Another in the Afar Depression, Denakil in Ethiopia. On the map and info above, you can see major depressions in 33 different countries. And this does not include Greenland, or the Aral Sea, one of the worst human made catastrophes in the history.”

The Aral Sea is another very sad story by its own.

I will try not to complain about all the rain any more, I will pretend I like it.

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