Water news: droughts, justice and books.

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Once in awhile, we recap the latest news relative to the water sector and the areas we work. Have news to add? Leave us a comment, let us know.

Severe drought starving the Horn of Africa.


Our partner Concern Worldwide reports that more than 10 million people have been affected by drought in the Horn of Africa; specifically, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Officials are calling it the “worst drought in 60 years.” The Guardian has been covering the drought pretty extensively. See the devastation in photos, video and with an interactive map >

The UN predicts that the drought and resulting food shortages will continue into 2012.

Here’s how several of our partner organizations on the ground are helping:
Concern Worldwide >
Action Against Hunger >
The International Rescue Committee (the IRC) >


Seeking justice for mass raping in the D.R.C.

Last year, it was labeled “the rape capital of the world.” But now, the international community may have the evidence to convict a large group in the Democratic Republic of Congo for using rape as a weapon of war. This week, a general and his envoy of 150 men surrendered to the UN’s accusations of raping and looting in the South Kivu province. The UN says that acts committed by Colonel “Kifaru” Kulimushi and his troops are horrific enough to be considered crimes against humanity. Investigations are still underway and have a good chance of proceeding; earlier this year, nine of Kifaru’s men were found guilty of raping at least 50 women on New Year’s Day.

Learn more about the current situation from the BBC here >

Three water books… any worth reading?

This week, the Washington Post highlighted three new books about the world’s water supply:


The Ripple Effect by Alex Prud’homme
- The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman
- Elixir by Brian Fagan.

We’re encouraged by the surge in coverage (all three came out this year). We’d also like to see who’s interested in them. Have you read any of these? If so, what did you learn? If not… do you know of any other books that shed light on the water crisis in a compelling way?

Leave us a comment and let us know >

Local Heroes.

We try to keep up with our mycharity: water fundraisers, who constantly make the local press for their inspiring or unique campaign ideas. Here are a few recent stars…


From Memphis, Tenn.: Fifteen long-time friends celebrate their 30th birthdays together by fundraising for water projects.

From Omaha, Neb.: Blogger and ‘minimalist knitter’ Robyn is giving out free patterns to anyone who donates to her campaign.

From Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Anaheim, California: Whitney, 24, takes on 3,000 miles of running — yes, across the country — to fundraise for water projects.

From New York’s tri-state area: Jessie, a food blogger on Savory Bites, starts a campaign whilst blogging about delicious eats in NYC.

From the charity: water office in NYC: Our very own Development Intern Nazia Salam gave up her birthday to ask for donations instead. Check out her campaign!


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