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Today is World Toilet Day. 2.5 billion people don’t have access to toilets.
There are so many reasons why having access to better sanitation is important.
Women without access to toilets are at risk of rape in developing countries.
Lack of access to sanitation facilities can lead to illness and death.
A lack of access leads to more deaths than aids and malaria and TB.
It’s yet another thing that we take for granted.
Yet weirdly whenever there’s no toilet available the anxiety we all feel is quite intense.
My experiences without a toilet are fairly limited. In Africa in 2012 we were on a road trip. We left one village early in the morning. And drove for several hours.
Eventually I got to the point where waiting longer wasn’t an option. Ironically stopping by the side of the road in Africa is probably more ‘acceptable’ than in Europe.
But we all still want privacy and we want to be safe.
It’s very hard to imagine never having the simple access to such a simple thing.
So today is an important day across the world.
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