Water under fire

For every child, water and sanitation in complex emergencies

A mother gives water to her son to drink in South Sudan.


This concise report is one of a series of advocacy alerts published by UNICEF to call for action on urgent issues faced by children and young people worldwide. In this case, the issue is the impact of unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene on children living in the midst of protracted conflicts – children who are, on average, more likely to die from diarrhoeal disease linked to unsafe water and sanitation than from bombs and bullets. The report provides case studies that highlight how partners are successfully addressing this complex issue, meeting critical needs and saving lives. It concludes with a specific change agenda to help secure the right to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for every child.

Please contact: pubdoc@unicef.org

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