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Water is refreshing, hydrating, and invaluable to your survival. But clean water remains a precious and often scarce commodity – there are nearly 800 million people who still don’t have regular access to it. Why is that? And how can you tell whether the water you have access to — whether from a tap or otherwise — is drinkable? Mia Nacamulli examines water contamination and treatment.
Lesson by Mia Nacamulli, directed by Rooftop Ani
The global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. We can manage this problem, but only if we are willing to act now.
Hidden Water, the video created in support of Participant Media's documentary, Last Call at the Oasis, visualizes the true cost of water - how much water we really use in our daily lives, which in turn affects the global water crisis.
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Nepapa Kishoiyan’s connection to the river runs deep. For her whole life, the 65-year-old Maasai woman relied on the river to provide this essential facet of life. But the daily 5-hour hike to the water source not only consumed time and energy, but resulted in jerry cans brimming with unclean water. Dirty water that would be used for everything, from drinking to cooking to taking care of the animals.
Walk with Nepapa, and watch what happens when her community partners with WE to redefine water access.
Salva Dut was one of the "Lost Boys of Sudan”. At 11 years old he was forced out of his village by the civil war between north and south in Sudan. He and thousands of other boys walked thousands of miles across the desert, facing attacks by lions, crocodiles and soldiers, and death by starvation and lack of water. Salva found his way to refugee camps where he lived for ten years. Eventually he was resettled in the US, where he started the nonprofit organization Water for South Sudan, which has been drilling water wells in South Sudan for over 10 years. Salva shares how with faith, hope and persistence he kept walking throughout his life. This allowed him to accomplish a great deal, and he encourages all to keep walking, even in the face of great challenges.
After Sudan’s civil war in 1985, many fled. Among those who fled through barren, war-torn southern desert were 17,000 children, mostly boys, some as young as five. They became known as “The Lost Boys of Sudan.” Salva Dut was one of those boys. As an 11-year old Dinka from southwest Sudan, Salva fled first to Ethiopia. Then later, as a teenager, he led 1,500 “Lost Boys” thousands of miles through the Southern Sudan desert to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Only 1,000 survived.
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What's next when your country, Sudan, labels you lost? And furthermore, when you do find your way back, what do you do? Live on the fear, anger and hatred that was the blanket over your upbringing, or find deep love and loyalty to a land that carries your heritage and is home to your family. Bol Aweng will help you to walk in his shoes on this remarkable journey that continues still today.
As six year boys, Jok Dau and Bol Aweng, two Lost Boys of Sudan, fled their village in 1987 when it was attacked , bombed and burned by government troops. While walking 1,500 miles to Ethiopia and then to Kenya, they survived attacks by government troops, starvation, illness, and attacks by wild animals. Of the 35,000 Lost Boys that fled Southern Sudan, they were among the 16,000 who safely arrived in Kenya. They spent fourteen years in refugee camps until they were approved for resettlement in the United States by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. They arrived in Nashville, Tennessee in 2001, worked two jobs while earning Associate Degrees in Computer technology. They moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University. They became US Citizens in 2007 and graduated for OSU with degrees in Political Science and Fine Arts in 2009.
Bol was born in Jonglei, a region in Southern Sudan. In 1987, he was forced to flee his homeland at age six with out parents as helicopter gunfire and aerial bombs ripped apart his village along the Nile River. He seeks refuge in Ethiopia and Kenya before making US his new home in 2001 and become a proud citizen in 2007. While in the refuge camp in Kenya, he developed his art skills on his own from memory and imagination, using materials available in the camp. Many of his paintings are about African scenery and the Journey of the Lost Boys, which he calls The "Journey of Hope". He graduated from the Ohio state University in 2009, where he majored in Fine Arts (for more information about Bol's art, his website is www.bolaweng.com). Bol returned to his home in Southern Sudan in 2007 and 2010. He along with Jok Dau, builds a Buckeye medical clinic to focus on maternity and child health in their village in Piol. They are currently raising funds to send in a team to hire staffs, open the clinic, and maintain it for the following years. (More info: www.sudanclinic.org). Bol lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and daughter.