28 September 2006

2.6 billion

2.6 billion. That's the number of people in the world who have no access to basic sanitation facilities according to a recent UN report.

No clean water, no adequate toilet facilites. In a world where some countries spend billions of pounds on weapons, 2.6 billion people do not have clean water.

Of the 2.6 billion people worldwide without access to proper sanitation, about 2 billion live in rural areas, some two-thirds in sub-Saharan Africa and 37 percent in South Asia.

It's shameful, but because it's not happening 'to us' or 'on our doorstep' nobody seems to care.

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