Water scarcity : A crisis for Burundian children
Burundi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa with nearly half of the population lacking access to clean, safe drinking water. Water scarcity in Burundi is a crisis, particularly for children. When people have to rely on unsafe water, they become weak, malnourished and susceptible to water-borne diseases, which are among the leading causes of death in children under five. These diseases continue to be endemic in many areas of Burundi.
On the border of Tanzania, children and adults alike work to collect water from dirty puddles and rivers, which can have catastrophic consequences if not treated correctly.