What is World Water Week?

World Water Week is an annual event that has been organised by Stockholm International Water Institute since 1991. The week's activities focus on finding solutions to the world’s greatest water-related challenges. 

What water-related challenges does Afghanistan face?

A little girl is pictured standing with her toes dipped in a puddle of water with pebbles at the bottom. She is laughing as she splashes some water with her hand. Another girl is on the first girls back with her arms wrapped around her neck.

Afghanistan is a land-locked country which shares five river basins with bordering countries. This, in addition to its lack of infrastructure to store water, means that the country is only able to use one third of the water that originates there, with the rest flowing into the neighbouring countries.

According to UNICEF, one third of Afghans do not have access to clean drinking water. Increasing vulnerability to climate change and ongoing conflict, which has destroyed water and sanitation facilities and driven millions of people from their homes, continues to jeopardise safe access to clean water every day.

Why is access to water so important in 2021?

As the country takes on crisis levels of food insecurity and a third wave of Covid-19, water is more important than ever. Safe water is life-changing. Having access to clean water helps families to fight the virus and farming communities to grow nutritious food, enabling them to feed their families and earn an income.

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