Unsafe water took more children’s lives than war in 13 of 16 war-torn countries studied in a new UNICEF report marking World Water Day today.
85,700 children under 15 also die each year from illness linked to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, while war-related violence killed 30,900. Mortality estimates were higher for diarrheal disease than violence in all of the countries studied except Libya, Iraq and Syria.
The Quote: “The reality is that there are more children who die from lack of access to safe water than by bullets,” said Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF.
More sobering facts about water scarcity, from Newsweek:
- As many as 2.1 billion people have no safe water at home.
Water scarcity could push ~700 million people across the world out of their homes by 2030.