[This is post is in respect of this year’s Bloggers Action Day when bloggers in collaboration with Change.org are drawing attention to the importance of water in the sustenance of our world. You’re encouraged to support this by tweeting the post, sharing it with your friends on facebook or other social networks and of course taking action on the issues raised on the post. Thank you as you do so!]
The situation of water in Africa simply re-echoes the cry of the sailor who said, “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink!” Africa indeed is blessed with the abundance of water with many rivers and streams criss-crossing the landscape of the continent. Unfortunately, millions of Africans are without safe drinking water.
The situation is not in any way different in other parts of the world. As the General Assembly of the United Nations Organisation said, about 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean, safe and drinkable water.
But why this sorry state when our earth is agreed to be unique in the universe for its abundance of water? Is 70% of our earths surface not made up of water? Why then should a greater percentage of the people of the earth go without safe drinking water?
Today we have the opportunity of not just asking questions but committing ourselves to doing something about this situation. Today the 15th of October 2010, Change.org in collaboration with Blog Action Day have decided to use this year’s occasion to draw attention to this most important issue.
How You Can Be A Part Of This
In July, the United Nations declared Safe, clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights. As I’ve said before it’s time to go beyond words, you too can join this onerous task by supporting the UN’s work to supply clean, safe drinking water to the world’s poorest populations and urge UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue the UN’s life-saving work in bringing water and sanitation to developing nations by signing this petition.
Besides, you can also give hope to millions worldwide by giving just $25. About 4,500 children are reported to die each day becuase of lack of safe water and basic sanitation facilities. In all of these the poor are especially hard hit and this is the pathetic situation of the African continent known for its poverty and disease.
Despite African leaders declaration to achieving universal access to clean water, through their development blueprint, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and through their support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is partinent that they need the support of well meaning individuals like you. Change.org gives you that opportunity to help the suffering masses of Africa with a donation of $25. Click here to give your donation.
As an individual I know the pains of lacking access to safe clean drinking water. Not quite a few months ago, there was an outbreak of cholera and gastroenteritis in northern Nigeria, my dear country. The cholera outbreak claimed many lives mostly nursing mothers, pregnant women and infants. Allfrica.com writing on the poor sanitary condition of the areas affected by the cholera outbreak said,
“It is common to see wells from which water for drinking and cooking is fetched being located very close to pit toilets and that contaminated water from these wells easily sip into the wells of other households”
This is really pathetic but the situation is not different in other parts of the continent. During the World Water Day celebration in Kenya this year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a reported titled, “Clearing the Waters: A Focus on Water Quality Solutions” where it said, “Investment in safe water will have high returns in ensuring a healthy ecosystem and human society.”
The report went further to state these facts:
- Globally, 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are poured into the world’s waters every day;
- At least 1.8 million children under five years-old die every year from water-related diseases, or one every 20 seconds;
- Every day, millions of tons of inadequately treated sewage and industrial agricultural wastes are poured into the world’s waters;
- More people die as a result of polluted water than are killed by all forms of violence, including wars;
- Over half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied with people suffering from illnesses linked with contaminated water.
I’m sure you can see what we are against. This is why I laud the decision of devoting this year’s Blog Action Day to tackling this problem. I do hope you’ll gladly offer your support by giving a donation or signing the petition.
Let’s make our world a better place!
How You Can Be A Part Of This