Around the world, the ICRC's water and habitat work improves the lives of millions. 30 million in 2015, to be exact.
Of course, we save lives by delivering water in conflicts and other emergencies. But we go further. We train professionals and communities to maintain vital water infrastructure, so that they have clean, safe water not just today, but for years to come. As well as keeping the water flowing, we create jobs. And few jobs can be more rewarding than ensuring a community has water. On World Water Day (22 March) we're highlighting the work of our water and habitat staff around the world.
Huddur, Bakool region, Somalia. Men draw water from a well for a herd of camels. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / P. Yazdi
As the global community marks World Water Day 2016 with the theme "Better Water, Better Jobs," here's a report from Somalia, a country that has been hit with reccuring spells of drought and famine. One of the worst crises was in 2011, when severe drought led to a famine that killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them children under the age of five. Water is a precious resource for the Somali community, which largely depends on livestock and farming for their livelihoods.