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Education and Sanitation in
South Sudan
The Problem
Lack access to a modern toilet
Lack access to clean water
Adults age 15 and over who are illiterate
Due to lack of water, time, money, and/or safety, children in both South Sudan and several other places worldwide are not being educated properly. Girls are two and a half times more likely to drop out of school if they live in areas of conflict. People living in Lower-Income Countries must deal with issues caused by unsanitary water which can range from gastrointestinal and stomach illnesses such as nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea to more serious illnesses such as cholera, typhoid fever, or dysentery.  It is estimated that 842,000 people die each year from diarrhea as a result of contaminated drinking water. Approximately 361,000 children aged under 5 years are a part of this annual death toll according to the International SOS 2017. All this can be seen through the character Nya, a young girl living in South Sudan, in the book A Long Walk to Water.
 “The water that filled the hole was filthy, more mud than liquid. It seeped so slowly that it took a long time to collect even a few gourdsful. Nya would crouch by the hole, waiting. Waiting for water. Here, for hours at a time. And every day for five long months, until the rain came and she and her family could return home.” - quoted by Nya in "A Long Walk to Water"
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 There are many barriers that hinder the rights of many to an education, clean water, and proper sanitation, but there are also many ways that these barriers can be broken. 

The School Sanitation and Hygiene Education (SSHE) project is a joint UNICEF/International Resource Centre initiative that advocates for school hygiene, education and environments that allow for the practice of the above-mentioned skills. In over 100 countries, UNICEF’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) team have worked to improve water quality and sanitation services along with better hygiene practices. 
Education, activism, and international cooperation are the most feasible ways to ensure these children receive the water, sanitation, and the education they deserve.