2.5 billion need the toilet (say campaigners)

By staff writers
November 19, 2009

Christians sent Gordon Brown some loo seats today (19 November) to draw attention to the sanitation crisis in the developing world.

Comedian Tim Vine also handed in 20,000 postcards from Tearfund supporters for Gordon Brown today (19 November), demanding urgent action.

The letters were delivered to Downing Street to mark World Toilet Day.

It is estimated that around the world, 2.5 billion people are without a decent toilet, while 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water.

Tearfund supporter Tim Vine said: “This situation is out of order. Going to the toilet and having clean water are basic necessities, something we take for granted. We cannot sit back and allow what is a basic human right to be denied to millions of people.”

To draw attention to the situation, Tearfund campaigners Lis Martin (22) and Rachel Tiffany (19) joined with Tim Vine to hand in loo seats covered in thousands of signatures as an unusual petition.

“The stark facts speak for themselves,’ said Tim Vine. “We need the UK Government to act now by joining with other governments to support poor countries to develop plans to provide sanitation and water for all, and to make sure that these plans do not fail due to a lack of funding.”

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