Cape Town in South Africa will be the world’s first major city to run out of water, as the “Zero Hour” on 15th July 2018, looms closer. India, amongst several other countries, is in tow to follow suit. As climate change makes its impact felt across India and the world, water scarcity – a direct result, continues to spread like an epidemic. Children face some of the fiercest risks arising from these conditions. Especially vulnerable are the children on the fringes of the society – further marginalized by having no access to safe, hygienic and potable water.
What does this mean?
It means that their little feet will have to bear the heat of the scorching earth as they traverse farther in search of drinking water.
It means that they will have no sanitation facilities and will have to make their way to river banks, fields, train tracks and dingy alleyways to use as make-shift toilets; making themselves prone to several risks such as harassment, diseases, and accidents.
It means that water borne diseases such as diarrhoea will continue to claim their lives.
It means that food production will suffer, rendering those at the grass roots as the worst victims.
It means that their every day existence will continue to be an embittered battle for survival.
Here are some telling photographs from across the country that capture the battle for survival, of India’s children in search of water.