The Toilet Crisis: Open Defecation

"An estimated 2.6 billion people, about 40% of the world's population, have no access to toilets and defecate anywhere they can. As a result, more than 2 million people -- including 1.5 million children -- die from complications of chronic diarrhea. ~Vanguard"

 For many of us, our daily concerns involve battling traffic, coping when technology fails and seeking which station may have the best price of gas.  To say that we may not always be conscious of how the rest of the world lives, is an understatement.  

While some of us are perplexed between choices of paint and marble counters, there are those that defecate and urinate wherever they can, and some are left with no choice but to use that same water, shared from with the waste, for drinking water and to bathe in.

A recent episode for one of my favorite documentary series, "Vanguard", tackled this subject that seems even more taboo than sex, human waste. Correspondent Adam Yamaguchi travels abroad to understand how people live with no toilets,  the ecological and health effects and what can be done.  The video footage caught of "shit" everywhere, even in the rivers definitely leaves one quite appreciative of our porcelain thrones.

One of the things that makes Vanguard so amazing is their sense of delivering things sugar free and even a bit raw.  The issue is not masked by technical terms such as feces, solid waste or other floral words, the issue is referred to what it is, which is shit.

Click to watch the jarring and brilliant documentary below or by visiting the site.

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