The theme for the 2016 World Water Day centres around water and jobs. This focus from the United Nations’ is on focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods – and even transform societies and economies.
The following gallery shows the global crisis of water insecurity the world is experiencing.
PHOTO: Children meet at these abandoned buildings in Thlabane informal settlement in Rustenburg to collect water after school. 19 November 2015. Credit eNCA / Bianca Ackroyd.
PHOTO: A refugee girl carries canisters to fill them with water in the make-shift camp for refugees in Idomeni, north Greece, some meters from the borderline with FYROM, 18 March 2016. Credit: EPA / Orestis Panagiotou.
PHOTO: A picture made available on 17 March 2016 shows a female filling water from a tap line in a rubber estate at Daraniyagala 52 kms from Colombo, Sri Lanka, 06 March 2016. They have to wait for hours and travel long distances to fill water buckets. Credit: EPA / M.A.Pushpa Kumara.
PHOTO: A Filipino mother with her baby living under a bridge, walks past a river full of rubbish in Manila, Philippines, 15 March 2016. World Water Day will be observed on 22 March with the theme ‘Better Water, Better Jobs’. Credit: EPA / Francis R. Malasig.
PHOTO: A young girl carries water from a well to her house in a village called Pernier, 30 minute drive from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 17 February 2016. According to the world food program 3.6 million Haitians face food insecurity after three years of drought. Credit: EPA / Bahare Khodabande.
PHOTO: A photo made available on 24 October 2015 shows a man getting water from a well in the dry Do Aleixo lake, near Manaus, Brazil, 23 October 2015. The Brazilian Amazon is enduring its worst drought in 100 years, according to reports. Credit: EPA / Raimundo Valentim.
PHOTO: Water is distributed to migrants through the window of a train at Bicske Railway Station, in Bicske, 35 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, 03 September 2015. Credit: EPA / Zoltan Balogh.
PHOTO: A group of Cuban migrants wash themselves as others rest at the river in Paso Canoas, at the border with Costa Rica March 20, 2016. More than 1,500 Cuban immigrants are waiting at Costa Rica’s border with Panama as they seek overland passage to the USA. Credit: Reuters / Carlos Jasso.
PHOTO: Volunteers distribute bottled water to help combat the effects of the crisis when the city’s drinking water became contaminated with dangerously high levels of lead in Flint, Michigan, in this March 5, 2016 file photo. Credit: Reuters / Jim Young.