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World Toilet Day

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.



7 comments on “World Toilet Day

  1. BerLinda
    November 19, 2014

    You even found one with a poo shelf 🙂 Great post!

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    • lizard100
      November 19, 2014

      Its in the hallway!

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      • BerLinda
        November 19, 2014

        Dear lord 😉

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      • lizard100
        November 19, 2014

        Think about it. If the loo is right next to the living room it needs to not make a splash…..

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      • BerLinda
        November 19, 2014

        I guess that makes sense…

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      • lizard100
        November 19, 2014

        That’s my theory any way. And dutch and german houses have loos next to the living spaces…. So kerplunk shouldnt be in the corridor.

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  2. rabthepict
    November 30, 2014

    Continental shelf 😉

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