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Woman walking for water in Mozambique

2016: political distraction while the people lay in shit 13 Jan 2017

Like in many regions, in 2016 Southern African headlines were dominated and distracted by political wrangling and scandal. Chilufya Chileshe, WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager for Southern Africa, reflects on the consequences for water and sanitation, and what we can do differently in 2017, as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights drafts guidelines for the right to water.

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Health worker Isattu Jalloh, checks the pregnancy of 28 year old Iye Tucker, at the health post in the village of Vaama, Sierra Leone, May 2013.
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Mohammed Ishmail, water point technician, Kalshi Takar Baa slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2011.

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Nazmul Hossain is the caretaker at the SIDKO Plant, he carries out regular maintenance to keep that plant in operation, Nazmul was appointed by the SIDKO plant management committee, Ward-8, Murarikhathi, Kalaroa, Shatkhira, Bangladesh, 2014.
35 year old Lawayesh Wonde carries vegetables to sell at the market. Ethiopia
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Villagers work on capping the water source, currently an unprotected spring, in Adi Sibhat.
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