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NIGER - Tuareg Nomad women dance at a baptism in the desert. This group has been in the region for the rainy season, taking advantage of easy water and good grasses for the animals. MNJ rebels are fighting the Niger government because they feel that the traditional grazing lands and water rights of the Tuareg are threatened by the Uranium industry. KENYA:Pokot tribesman attacked a Samburu village in a dispute over cattle grazing rights at a time of drought in the region. 50 cattle were shot and over 300 died later from lack of grazing access

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Today is World Water Day

The world’s most abundant resource is also one of its most problematic. Climate change has brought a noticeable rise in drought and desertification. 258 million people in African have no access to clean water, and what is available often introduces a wide spectrum of disease or conflict into communities.

These problems bring with them a host of political, tribal, and gender issues. Community-based solutions exist; what is lacking are solutions at a global level.

See more from Brent Stirton’s ‘Water is Personal’ here.

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