A Crying Shame


In Kenya, Cheru (standing) cries when Dina (left), her older sister, pushes her out of the way so she can dig faster for the dirty water their family uses.

Cheru and the other children scoop polluted water from holes they dig in a dry riverbed.

Every morning, after a breakfast of hot milk tea, 5-year-old Cheru picks up a tea kettle and joins girls and boys from her village to fetch water. If it’s a school day they’ll walk more than 6k, carrying water to use at school and returning to fetch water to carry home.

Cheru struggles to keep up. Like the others, she’s hot, tired, and dusty, and often she’s sick from drinking dirty water. 

6K is the average distance women and children in Africa have to walk for water – water that you wouldn’t dare drink. 

Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren

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