U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Sudanese Civil War has issued a warning that a growing number of African countries are moving toward “perpetual war.”
The U.K.-based Committee to Protect Journalists reports that Kairoi has the world’s largest commercial septic system with some 40,000 homes and businesses.
The city’s septic tanks have been blamed for a spike in cases of gastroenteritis and pneumonia, which have seen some 40 deaths since 2012.
The U-N has described the system as a “disastrous” human rights situation that has forced the government to “restrict basic rights to prevent future outbreaks.”
The council’s new guidelines say that Kachem and other African countries “must implement policies that allow access to safe and sanitary water and sewage disposal and allow for adequate public health services and sanitation facilities for all residents, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or socioeconomic status.”
The group added that “in Kachemic, such policies have been limited to the exclusion of women and children and in some cases are enforced in a discriminatory manner.”
The guidelines, which are due to be released in May, call for the U-S.
and its allies to take “active measures to support and support” African nations, such as by establishing “community water and sanitation units” in cities that have recently fallen to government-controlled insurgents.