When Worlds Collide, by Nalaka Gunawardene

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 25 November 2012

November 19 was World Toilet Day.

It highlights a major development challenge of our times. This international day of action “aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge”.

The numbers are staggering: around the world, some 2.5 billion people don’t have access to a clean, private toilet. That means one in three human beings can’t relieve themselves with dignity – despite billions invested in socio-economic development over the years.

Sri Lanka has its share of this problem. For example, 1,300 out of the country’s 9,500 public schools don’t have toilets. That means nearly a million school kids have nowhere to…go.

World Toilet Day champions this very worthy cause, and those who advocate sanitation for all are promoting a human right that is often not discussed…

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