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Life can, and does go on in the face of all manner of tragedies and deprivations. But life cannot be sustained without access to water. That’s why one of the most pressing humanitarian issues facing us in the twenty-first century isn’t global economic meltdown, climate change, or HIV/Aids – though such things demand our immediate and ongoing attention – but the fact that 1 billion people worldwide have no access to a clean, sustainable water supply; the most fundamental element of life.
It’s World Water Day today, which is especially significant this year as it’s also the International Year of Sanitation. But, rather than me rant on again about the 1.1 billion people who don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water or the 2.6 billion people who don’t have access to sanitation causing disease and death on a catastrophic scale, I thought I’d drop you a link to radio 4 where you can listen to the development expert and writer, Maggie Black, and Lydia Zigomo of WaterAid, talk far more eloquently about this most fundamental of development issues.