Discussion Of Both Articles On Water And Health Essay

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Both articles paint a picture of a dirty, unsanitary slum that people live in. Lack of access to clean water to get by on a daily basis is an issue mutually agreed in both articles. Both accounts state that people have to buy clean water, and only the lucky few with jobs are able to provide this to their families. Toilets are scarce and people are defecating in plastic bags to remove waste, which poses another problem of hygiene, disease and bacteria spreading around. Both articles come to a close with the fact that organisations such as the United Nations are working to diminish these threats and bring Kibera to a higher level of sanitation and cleanliness, and have set goals to which they hope to achieve these by. However, it is made apparent that improvements are slow and that very little advancements in current living situations have been made, if any.
One main difference that I noticed, was that The Guardian newspaper article seemed to focus more on the undeveloped world as a whole, rather than focusing on just Kibera, like the Africa News article does. The English article also focuses on mainly clean water being a major problem, where as the African article focuses on other issues too; such as prostitution, violence and alcoholism which illustrates a real “shanty town.” The school drop-out rate is 70% and children are rarely attending school, meaning that they’re less likely to get better jobs, and therefore the correlation between being poor and having a lower sanitation level remains steady. The Guardian newspaper draws similarities between Kibera and other settlements elsewhere e.g. Jakarta. The conditions that people live in, are made more evident in the Africa News article at a much deeper level, rather than the Guardian paper which shows more statistics and compares live between developed and