A basic need, a human right
People are dying from water in remote villages of South Sudan. That part of war-ravaged the new Republic of South Sudan is not as well-known as Darfur and South Kordofan which remain part of north Sudan and are hundreds of miles from where Water for South Sudan drills wells.
South Sudan’s environment is starkly beautiful but harsh. During the annual six-month dry season, daily temperatures often rise above 120°F.
Every day, millions of South Sudanese, usually women and children, must trek miles to collect water from ponds, marshes, ditches, or hand-dug wells. This water is often contaminated with disease-causing parasites and bacteria. The results are pain, sickness, even death, especially among infants and children.
According to The World FactBook, the two Sudan states region has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world and ranks 204th in life expectancy, barely ahead of only twenty other nations.