Media roundup - clean water, WASH news, December 17, 2021

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17 December 2021
WaterAid/ Genaye Eshetu

December 17, 2021

All the water, sanitation and hygiene news that's fit to publish.

This Indigenous Activist Is Taking a Stand for Clean Water Access in Canada 
Global Citizen: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/makasa-looking-horse-clean-water-access-canada/ 

Sweden, Unicef to empower teens, ensure safe water in Bangladesh 
Dhaka Tribune: https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/foreign-affairs/2021/12/14/sweden-unicef-to-empower-teens-ensure-safe-water-in-bangladesh 
 
Waiting for Godot, the water edition: OPINION | Darío Soto-Abril and Johannes Cullman: The world must act now to avoid a water crisis 
News24: https://www.news24.com/news24/columnists/guestcolumn/opinion-dario-soto-abril-and-johannes-cullman-the-world-must-act-now-to-avoid-a-water-crisis-20211215 
 

Africa

Kenyans find rural lifeline after Covid city exodus 
BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-59630164   
 
Excess deaths remain flat in South Africa, sparking hopes omicron fuels only mild disease 
Tele: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/excess-deaths-remain-flat-south-africa-sparking-hope-omicron/ 

Protesting Ugandan medics freed on bail 
BBC: https://bbc.in/3dXLaGE  
 

UN ignoring Tigray rebel destruction - Ethiopia government 
BBC: https://bbc.in/3E52J21  

Ethiopia civil war: How PM Abiy led fight-back against rebel advance 
BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-59552888  
  

Asia

Outcry over ‘blatant misogyny’ in Indian English exam 
Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/14/outcry-over-blatant-misogyny-in-indian-english-exam  

India police probe Mother Teresa charity over ‘forced conversion’ 
AJ: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/12/14/india-gujarat-police-mother-teresa-charity-forced-conversion-christians 

Bangladesh protests US sanctions against RAB, security chiefs 
AJ: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/12/11/bangladesh-protests-us-sanctions-of-its-top-security-chiefs  

 

Climate change
 

The climate crisis and devastating drought in East Africa  
Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2021/dec/16/the-climate-crisis-and-devastating-drought-in-eastern-africa  

Amazon plastic packaging use soared 29% during pandemic, charity Oceana estimates - rethinking Smile RN
Sky: https://news.sky.com/story/amazon-plastic-packaging-use-soared-29-during-pandemic-charity-oceana-estimates-12495651 
 
California, Arizona and Nevada agree to voluntarily cut back Colorado River water use amid ‘megadrought’ 

Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/voluntary-water-reduction-drought-california-b1976810.html 
 

WaterAid in the news

WHO and UNICEF warn about the lack of basic water services in health care facilities- piece includes quote from Tim Wainwright (WaterAid UK CEO)

News binding: https://newsbinding.com/health/who-and-unicef-warn-about-the-lack-of-basic-water-services-in-health-care-facilities/ 

News Medical: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20211214/WHO-and-UNICEF-warn-about-the-lack-of-basic-water-services-in-health-care-facilities.aspx

New animation from WaterAid ‘The Girls Who Turned to Water’ 
FE News: https://www.fenews.co.uk/video/new-animation-wateraid-launched-to-highlight-lack-of-clean-water-keeps-girls-out-of-school/ 
Campaign: https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/wateraid-the-girls-turned-water-second-home-studios/1735953 
 

Celebrities and water

Nothing from those rascally celebs this week - stay tuned!

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