30 October, 2017
(Story from UNICEF): T
he supply of clean drinking water in South Sudan has been severely disrupted by the conflict, as water points have been damaged or fallen into disrepair.
Unsafe water puts people, especially children, at increased risk of waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera. In South Sudan, nearly 5.1 million people lack clean water, adequate sanitation and hygiene.
“No matter how much food a malnourished child eats, he or she will not get better if the water they are drinking is not safe,” says Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes.
UNICEF and partners rehabilitated the water treatment plant, piping safe water all over the town of Bentiu, South Sudan. The rehabilitated water treatment plant and pipeline has been life-changing for the residents here.