As people globally celebrated World Water Day on March 22, the Liberian Red Cross has renewed its commitment to focusing attention on the provision and sustainable management of freshwater resources. The LNRCS Focus Point Ambullai Perry in a release noted that many people especially in rural and slum communities are drinking from creeks and wells located in swamps due to limited access to good drinking water facilities.The Liberian Red Cross release quotes Mr. Perry saying that there are often outbreaks of diarrhea, cholera and malaria among community people, especially children due to poor hygiene and unsafe drinking water, a situation, he said is leading to the death of many children.Mr. Perry maintained that the Red Cross is unwaveringly determined to complement the efforts of government in addressing the issue of water borne diseases by erecting sufficient water facilities and re-establishing water points that were disrupted during the Ebola outbreak.Some communities including Dolo and Nyeamah towns were hard hit by the deadly Ebola virus, affecting many people and leaving the community vulnerable. While the residents are still nursing their pain for losing families to the deadly virus, poor hygiene, sanitation and lack of safe drinking water is another crisis worsening their living condition. The Liberian Red Cross with support from its partners IFRC is targeting at least 60 communities for the provision of sustainable water facilities in Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, and Montserrado Counties as its transitions from Ebola emergency to recovery. The Danish Red Cross is already supporting the Liberian Red Cross in the provision of fresh water in 45 communities in Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties. The Liberian Red Cross’ Community Environmental Health Project supported by the ICRC-Swedish Red Cross is also helping to improve access to fresh water in some communities in Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee. “We are thankful to our partners, who continue to support us in providing safe water to the communities. This is enabling us to make the difference for these communities which suffer from water related problems. We are also encouraging the communities to properly manage and sustain the facilities because water is life,” Mr. Perry pointed out in the release.In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day. The day is being celebrated each year worldwide to draw attention to the global populations that are suffering from water related issues and to create awareness of how people can manage water to keep their lives healthy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gautam Gambhir in an interview to India Today has suggested that there should be no sport whatsoever with Pakistan. He has even suggested that actors, who are in favour of any kind of engagement with Pakistan, are wrong and are saying what they are because they have not lost a dear one.First things first — I consider this to be Gautam’s personal opinion and in that sense respect his sentiments. However, I disagree with what he has said. And here’s why.The Indian hockey team is playing Pakistan in Kuantan, Malaysia on Saturday in the Asian Champions Trophy. Taking off from Gautam does it make the Indian hockey team any less nationalist or any less patriotic just because they are playing Pakistan? Should engagement not be an individual choice and just because they will be playing Pakistan they are surely not any less Indian! (India-Pakistan women series in doubt, India’s World Cup qualification under threat)In the absence of any clear pronouncement by the government of India on sporting and cultural ties with Pakistan, there is very little the hockey or for that matter the cricket team can do. If I understand right the India vs Pakistan match in the Champions Trophy in England in June 2017 is also going ahead and the BCCI did not do anything in the recently-concluded ICC meeting in Cape Town to suggest that India wouldn’t be playing in that match. (Pakistan sponsor of terrorism, no question of playing cricket with them: Anurag Thakur)ICC Director David Peever is on record stating that the match is going ahead as planned. Now if Gautam is selected in the Indian team for the Champions Trophy will he play against Pakistan or not? Will he then state that playing Pakistan is wrong and withdraw from the match? Will that not be an anti-Indian stand in some sense? Letting the team down when the country needs him to do national duty?advertisementIn the absence of a stated government policy, sports teams have very little choice but to follow international sports calendars. All they can do is give their best in beating Pakistan in what is a highly charged encounter. But to state that they are wrong in playing, as is implied in this instance, is more a radical nationalist stand bordering on jingoism than anything else. Did Gautam for that matter stop playing Pakistan in the aftermath of 26/11 and does that make him any less patriotic than he is now? As ambassadors who people listen to, it is important our sports stars take a stand and in that sense Gautam’s statements are indeed welcome. At the same time we need to be measured and realistic and think things through a little more which I dare say has not been the case in this instance.