Almost a billion people live without clean drinking water. This video helps to show that just like Nya and Salva in the book, clean drinking water was not accessible to them. Nya would walk hours a day, 7 months out of the year to collect water for her and her family to survive. Salva was living off of almost no food and no water. And the water they did have was contaminated and not safe to drink. This is an epidemic in our world and the people of South Sudan are experiencing it and its harsh effects first hand. Water does change everything. Think of all the good these people could be doing if they were safe, healthy, had time to learn rather than walk to collect water. Water should be a human right, but the water we drink and take for granted everyday is a novelty and a privilege to those in African countries, specifically Southern Sudan.
In this video, Salva Dut the main character of the book, A Long Walk to Water explains to children the struggles of children with no access to clean water and tells them the story of his life. He overcame many struggles but never gave up. He wanted to help the people of Southern Sudan and give back to them. When he had a good life of his own and had escaped war and poverty, he returned to Sudan to help his people and give them water. In the book Salva Dut gives a message and says: "Stay calm when things are hard or not going right with you. You will get through it when you persevere instead of quitting. Quitting leads to much less happiness in life than perseverance and hope." I think this is a very important message. Salva never gave up even when it was easy to do so. He fought for himself and persevered even through the hardest times. It is important to teach children this lesson at a young age so they know how fortunate they are to be living in a country where they have easy access to clean and safe drinking water. Children must know about how other children around the world are living and be grateful for all that they have.
Children can not choose where they are born, what families they are born into, or what kind of lives they will live. Children have what they are given by their families when they are young. These children are learning at a young age that they have to work for what they need and never give up the fight to have clean water. Because they are so young they may not understand what they are going through. Children are the ones that are most affected by not having access to water. They lose time that could be spent learning to read and write. They acquire diseases that can not be cured. We must fight for these children and try to raise awareness to make water accessible to these children.
An estimated 780 million people in the world lack access to clean water. In A Long Walk to Water, the topics of water, children, refugees, and human rights were covered in the book. This video also covered these topics. Salva Dut started as a children without the access to water and became a refugee. He then fought for the human rights of the south Sudanese. In this conference they talk about ways to get water to these people as they believe it is a right. Salva Dut also explains how he was able to help the people and what his plan was.