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4000 children die every day from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.

Demanding action in South Sudan

The world's newest nation urged to tackle sanitation and water crisis

Valy Adeline, a child in Madagascar, enjoys sanitation facilities at her school
                               WaterAid/Marco Betti

8 July 2011

South Sudan, the world's newest nation, will celebrate independence this weekend, however civil society urges action on the silent crisis sweeping through their communities.

A shocking 80% of the population does not have access to adequate sanitation, 45% of the population does not have access to improved sources of drinking water, one in ten of children die before their first birthday and over a third of the population has to walk for more than 30 minutes each way to collect drinking water.

These issues will hold South Sudan back from being the innovative and progressive country it could be. Hanan el-Amin Muddathir, chairperson of the Environmental Union of Sudan and ANEW board member said, "People in South Sudan suffer a lot from not having adequate water & sanitation, and the new government must take these issues up now as a priority, " and she urged civil society to support her calls, "We need support from other CSOs around the world in our calls to the government - we need your assistance to make a strong call to them!"

Add your support

Fleur Anderson, International Campaign Coordinator of End Water Poverty, "On the eve of the creation of the new state of South Sudan, please join with us in showing our solidarity with the people of South Sudan and urging the new government to make water, sanitation and hygiene education a priority."

End Water Poverty members and partners are invited to lend their support to the petition. Please click here to add your name to the petition. And please share with your colleagues and contacts.

Our members in Sudan will hand the petition into the new government in September as they start to prepare for the Sanitation and Water for All High-Level Meeting in April 2012, a crucial moment in convening international political will against the sanitation and water crisis.

Click here to add your name to the petition