World Water Day 2013: Safe access to safe water
March 21, 2013 by The IRC
|Photo: Peter Biro/IRC|
Today is World Water Day. It’s an opportunity to spotlight the fact that many women and girls in crisis zones worldwide must trek miles every day just to reach clean water. And as they make this difficult journey, they often face the threat of sexual violence.
|Abdiya Abdi Mohamud, 34, in her shop in Bokolmayo, Ethiopia. Since the International Rescue Committee built a water system serving a nearby refugee camp and surrounding villages, she no longer risks a dangerous daily journey to collect water for her family.|
Photo: Wakene Totoba/IRC
And for all the risk and sacrifice, the water they lugged back to the village wasn’t good. “It was salty and dirty,” Abdiya recalls. People became sick.
|Somali women collect water from new taps the IRC installed in the Bokolmayo refugee camp. The water is pumped from the Genale River, more than 11 miles away, then treated and delivered through a pipeline to the camp complex and neighboring communities.|