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World water day: If water is more of a threat than guns

Dirty water for children in crisis areas are often a bigger threat than gun violence. Unicef writes day in the water, in his report, "water under attack", to today's world.

Dirty water is in prolonged conflicts continued, according to Unicef, more dangerous for children than gun violence. The risk for children under the age of 15 to die from the consequences of contaminated water, was three times as high as by the fighting, said the UN children's Fund on Friday on the occasion of world water day.

the younger the children are, the greater the risk for diarrhea or other diseases. In many conflicts children under the age of five nearly 20 times higher risk of water-related to die from diarrhoea than direct combat actions, as the Unicef report, "water under attack".

4.3 billion people worldwide are not able to use safe sanitation facilities.

in it examines the Agency of the infant mortality in 16 countries, with long-lasting conflicts, including Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and the Ukraine. Unicef appealed to the parties to the conflict in the world, to protect children and to refrain from attacks on civilian infrastructure such as water plants or hospitals.

"water is a human right"

governments called the children's Fund to more commitment for sustainable drinking water supply and sanitation facilities. Christian Schneider, managing Director of Unicef Germany, described the attacks on water infrastructure as attacks on the lives of children. "Water is a human right," he pointed out. "Without clean water, no man can survive and is not a child to develop well, and the same applies in crisis situations all the more."

in Accordance with the this year's world water development report of Unesco, about 2.1 billion people worldwide have no regular supply of clean water. Around 4.3 billion can use, therefore, no safe sanitary facilities.

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