756 queue for one toilet in Brussels

23rd March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The longest line ever for a loo was UNICEF way of highlighting water shortages on World Water Day. But there was no sign of Madame Pipi...

The United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF held an interesting event in Brussels to focus attention on the fact that acute water shortages in various places of the world take children's lives daily. 756 people waited in line to use a loo in Brussels. This was the longest line ever for a visit to the loo.

Sunday was World Water Day and UNICEF drew attention to acute water scarcity in many parts of the world. Every day an estimated 5,000 children under the age of five die because they do not have access to clean water.

The Belgian astronaut Frank Dewinne is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and gave his full support to the action. "In outer space we need clean water and good hygiene, because we live in such a small space. So the necessity for enough clean water on board a space shuttle or at a space station is easy to understand," explains Frank Dewinne.

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The money collected for World Water Day and this campaign will go towards UNICEF projects in places such as Mali in West Africa, where young girls sometimes have to walk for hours to get water that is fit for drinking.

Manneken Pis (the famous statute of a boy urinating, located near the Brussels Market Square) was also outfitted in a UNICEF suit for the 'loo action' in Brussels.

The campaign is part of the UNICEF WaSH campaign to inform people about the problems of clean drinking water and water purification, and to educate people on the importance of good hygiene in general.



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