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Nomadic girls and women fill containers with water from a large puddle near the town of Wajid, Somalia.

The period during and after disasters signifies a time of great risk in the transmission of WASH-related diseases.

Eastern and Southern Africa is a region especially prone to natural disasters, including drought, floods, landslides, as well as political upheaval.

In 2011-2012, the Horn of Africa region experienced one of the worst droughts in 60 years, affecting some 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

Intense fighting and prolonged conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has forced tens of thousands of families abandoning their homes, and many crossing over to neighbouring countries, such as Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. 



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