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Water Danger

Most of us take water for granted. We experience no hardship in the process of accessing this life-sustaining natural resource and it is hard to envision a life where water is more than just a turn of the faucet away. Zlolinski’s article features the inequity of water distribution in the San Quintín Valley by looking at the consequences for the agriculture industry in the area. The issues that arise in this article are based upon social, political, and economic mechanisms that maintain the unequal allocation of water in the area. This is a global problem, with many people facing individual hardships due to lack of access to water. And for many people around the world, getting water can be a dangerous endeavor.

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In the poorer, developing countries of the world, it is frequently the women’s job to have to go far away to get water. This endeavor is time-consuming, exhausting, and potentially dangerous. Throughout the world, women and girls spend “40 billion hours every year fetching and carrying water“. They walk for miles, but when they get there the water is often unclean and contains disease. Then they must haul heavy containers on the long walk back. This backbreaking labor is compounded by the risk of violence, frequently sexual violence, along the way. The vulnerability of the long trek to fetch water leads to men sexually assaulting or raping women along the way. Women fear for their lives on the way to get a necessary resource whose access is grossly unequal. This article shows how a water project has helped reduce sexual violence in Darfur.

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