A series of ‘Foto Friday’ posts focusing on the lives of people living in extreme poverty around the world. Over 1 billion people across the globe live on the equivalent of less than $1 a day to meet all their needs. Being more aware of the lives of the world’s poor can help us reevaluate the extent of our own hardships and build empathy and compassion.
Bolivia is the poorest country in South America, and it’s cities are also some of the most water stressed in the world. The situation is often even worse in rural areas, drought and the melting of mountain glaciers used as water sources, driving large numbers of rural farmers into the rapidly growing cities – further adding to the demand for water.
Civil unrest occurred in parts of Bolivia in 2000 (sometimes referred to as ‘the water wars‘ ) following the privatization of water supplies and subsequent large increases in charges, which left many poorer communities without water. The water supply was renationalised with the election of a new President, and the cost of water reduced again, but the underlying issue remains – Bolivia, along with many countries in the world, is rapidly running out of water.
Photo from Szeke