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UNICEF’s new report highlights the way that restricting or controlling access to water can be used as a weapon of war. Children and families are forced to rely on unsafe water, or leave their homes in search of a new source. On average, in protracted conflicts, children under 15 are nearly three times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases linked to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene than from violence.


Read about the key issues and download the full report here. Water Under Fire is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

Watch a high-level panel discussion on water and armed conflict here on World Water Day, 22 March.

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