More Children In Conflict Zones Killed By Unsafe Water Than War-Related Violence, UNICEF Report Says

The Guardian: Dirty water 20 times deadlier to children in conflict zones than bullets — UNICEF
“Children under five who live in conflict zones are 20 times more likely to die from diarrheal diseases linked to unsafe water than from direct violence as a result of war, UNICEF has found. … UNICEF’s executive director, Henrietta Fore, said the findings, published in a report published on Friday to mark World Water Day, underline the need for access to safe water and sanitation to be treated as a human right rather than a privilege…” (Hodal, 3/22).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: In war, dirty water more dangerous to children than violence, says UNICEF
“…Specifically, children die of diarrhea-related illness, such as cholera, when conflict restricts access to clean water, it said. The research looked at the health consequences of unsafe water and sanitation for children in 16 countries undergoing conflict, including Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Yemen…” (Ryan, 3/22).

U.N. News: More children killed by unsafe water, than bullets, says UNICEF chief
“…According to the report, every year, 85,700 children under-15 die from diarrhea linked to unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities (WASH), compared with 30,900 from conflict. Some 72,000 under-fives die annually from similar illnesses linked to WASH-access problems, compared to 3,400 from war-related violence…” (3/21).

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