Ethiopia: Water, Climate Change and Conflict

World Water Day on March 22 reminds us of the 1 billion people on Earth who lack easy access to the water most of us take for granted. Global climate change is making that struggle worse, as we see in this report from the rugged region of southern Ethiopia, where drought is drying up wells, threatening an ancient way of life and fueling conflict.


Video by Julia Marino and Alex Stonehill with additional reporting by Ernest Waititu

Special thanks to Salihu Sultan and the Ethiopian Red Cross

Produced by The Common Language Project in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

As featured on Foreign Exchange, an Azimuth Media production

—Travel for this reporting project was sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. For related project materials, please visit: Water Wars: Ethiopia and Kenya   (

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