Girls collect river water

In countries like Ethiopia, the responsibility of collecting and bringing water home all too often falls entirely at the feet of women and children. Children, like those depicted in this clip, are saddled at a very early age with this responsibility, which usually results in little or no time for education.

Capital: Addis Ababa
Population of 98.9 million
42.5 million lack access to safe water
71 million lack access to improved sanitation
72% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day