Children In Third-World Countries Denied Basic Needs of Life A SOCIAL INJUSTICE

Many children in third world countries are denied basic needs of life.

Syria

"Over four million children affected by the Syrian crisis are at risk of contracting communicable diseases such as diarrhea due to lack of clean water and sanitation facilities, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)."

As a result of the war in Syria, children are being denied clean fresh water. Which is something all living things need. They basically drink the filthy water in order to survive.

Above: Syrian children drinking discolored water that has trash floating in it

The water which they drink comes from pretty much what we would refer to as muddy puddles, it contains a lot of bacteria which cause the children to get ill. However, they have a small chance of getting the medical attention that they need, which can even lead them to the extreme of death.

"Displaced families and refugees are living in overcrowded places where maintenance of proper hygiene was a major issue adding that the situation is likely to worsen in the soaring summer temperatures, said UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado."

Pakistan

Water itself in some areas is extremely hard to get. Some walk for miles and miles to get the filthy water none of us would ever imagine drinking.

"Poverty, population growth, lack of clean drinking water, unemployment and high illiteracy rates have seemingly trapped the region in a state of catastrophe."

Above: In Pakistan water is being taken from a creek filled with garbage

"According to government figures, more than 1,500 children under the age of five have died in Tharparkar since 2011. The district comprises around 2,300 registered villages and an estimated 2,000 unregistered ones. Eighty percent of it is rural and inaccessible by most of the vehicles that the government has sanctioned for medical assistance."

Flint, Michigan

If examples from third world countries seem to hard to understand, here in the United States we have the city of Flint, Michigan. The children of Flint are being treated similar to those in a third world country. Just because the pain of those children is not as great as the one who have lost almost everything they have, doesn't mean that what's been going on there for the past year at least, is not relevant.

"Yet for almost 19 months, as Flint River water corroded the city's decades-old pipes and leached lead into the sinks and showers of a city of almost 100,000 people, officials repeatedly told residents the water was fine. Flint's mayor appeared in front of TV cameras and gulped it down. A spokesman for the state's top environmental regulator said anyone concerned about the water should "relax."

Above: A women from Flint holding bottles filled with water that had been coming out of their pipes.

“Since April 2014, when Flint began drawing its water from the local river instead of buying Lake Huron water from Detroit—in order to save money—residents in this ailing industrial city began complaining of burning skin, hand tremors, hair loss, even seizures. Children were being diagnosed with anemia. Parents were finding strange red splotches on their hands and faces.”

Water in the hospitals is also unpure and discolored, which means the problems would follow the sick children to the hospital.

Why does this matter?

This problem is something that most likely no one in this room has ever faced. And because of that it makes it seem highly irrelevant to us. However this is definitely a global issue.

"Polluted water isn’t just dirty—it’s deadly. Some 1.8 million people die every year of diarrheal diseases like cholera. Tens of millions of others are seriously sickened by a host of water-related ailments—many of which are easily preventable."

Solution

Although this may seem to be a huge problem, mainly because it is, we can still do things to help. For example, there are many organizations that help build wells in countries. By supporting these organizations and foundations we can help make a difference in somewhat solving this problem.

The main issue with this is that you may not know if the money is a actually going to the well building. However, I have done research and found reliable, nonprofit, organizations that have proof of the work they have been doing.

Sources

Tharparkar: Pakistan's ongoing catastrophe. Al Jazeera (Qatar) [serial online]. August 5, 2016:Available from: Newspaper Source, Ipswich, MA. Accessed February 15, 2017

UNICEF Warns of Worsening Hygiene Situation for Syrian Displaced. Arabia 2000 [serial online]. June 21, 2013;Available from: Newspaper Source, Ipswich, MA. Accessed February 13, 2017

Time. 2/1/2016, Vol. 187 Issue 3, p32-39. 8p. 15 Color Photographs, 1 Diagram, 1 Map.

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