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A child drinking water from the water-pipe in Afghanistan. Around the world, fresh water is fast becoming a dangerously scarce resource, driving a surge in fights to secure supplies and fears over rising numbers of deaths in water conflicts. Globally, the number of conflicts related to water scarcity has risen from roughly 16 in the 1990s to about 73 in the past five years.
(Photo by Imal Hashemi / TAIMANI FILMS / WORLD BANK) Photo used under CC BY
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First published in the June 03, 2019, 9:11 p.m. edition

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