Water shortages 'foster terrorism'
A lack of water is a key factor in encouraging terrorism, the Third World Water Forum in Kyoto has heard. Mona El Kody, the chair of the National Water Research Unit in Egypt, told delegates that living without an adequate level of access to water created a “non-human environment” which led to frustration, and from there terrorism. “A non-human environment is the worst experience people can live with, with no clean water, no sanitation,” Ms El Kody said. And she added that it was in Arab countries that this problem was at its most acute. The Middle East has only 1% of the world’s fresh water shared between 5% of the world’s population. This puts a tremendous strain on water resources in the region. Full Story