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  • Posted March 22, 2010 by
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    ...I kill 8 million people each year.

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     yadray covered this event throughout the weekend in Paris.
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    Paris...Today is World Water Day...the purpose of which is to bring attention to the fact that each year, because of unsafe drinking water....

    ......8 million people die

    ......15 people per minute

    ......more than deaths attributable to cancer, war and aids.


    ....unsafe/polluted/contaminated water leads to deaths caused by diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and malaria.

     

    In France, the 30-year old ngo Solidarités International organized a six day presentation directly across from the Louvre Museum in Paris to inform the public and media as to this crisis which, because the populations in developed nations are not effected, is not often acknowledged.

     

    Solidarités International states that 87% of the funds which they collect are devoted to humanitarian aid and given to victims of armed conflict or natural disasters, meeting the vital needs...food, water and shelter-from emergency situations through to reconstruction.   As a result of 30 years experience they have built up expertise in the field of drinking water and sanitation.

     

    They have successfuly created:

    ...15 missions internationally

    ...127 humanitarian programs in 2008

    ...given aid to more than 3.4 million people.

    ...programs employing 170 volunteers.

     

    The water-wall sculpture on which the message is written out in tiny droplets of water was provided by use-enterprises, U.K..

     

    Clean water...we take it for granted...but 30% of the world's population is without it.

     

    World Water Day has an internet site which can be viewed at:

     

    http://www.worldwaterday.org/

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