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Photo: Turning on the tap

23 March 2012



Turning on the tap: this year’s World Water Day, on 22 March, comes two weeks after the United Nations announced that the Millennium Develop­ment Goal (MDG) for access to clean drinking water had been achieved — three years before its target of 2015, writes Joe Ware.

More than two billion people have gained access to better water-sources since 1990. 

In Ethopia, a Chris­tian Aid partner, Water Action, has dug bore-holes in commun­ities, improving the lives of women in particular.

In the small town of Kerati, Eyerusalem Habtamu (above) said: "Since I started using this water, I haven't been sick with waterborne diseases, and it has solved the problems of collecting water at night. We are safe from being raped. All of these are improvements in my life."

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