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March 22, 2009
World Water Day
Since being designated by the United Nations in 1992, World Water Day has been anything but a Hallmark holiday. Devoted to raising awareness and spurring action around the global water crisis, the holiday has been a flashpoint for protest over water privatization. This year has been no different. During the corporate-driven World Water Forum in Istanbul, hundreds have taken to the streets to protest corporate water grabs and World Bank water lending policies.
During the coming week, World Water Day events are planned in St. Paul, Seattle, Albuquerque, Boston, and Montpelier. (25 images)

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A woman takes a bath at the Bretelle river in Cabaret, Haiti, Friday, March 20. The world celebrates Water Day on Sunday, March 22.AP / Ramon Espinosa


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A farmer sits on a dried-up bed of a water body on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, Saturday March 21. World Water Day is observed on March 22. AP / Mahesh Kumar A



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A young girl fills a bucket with water from a public tap in Amritsar, India, Friday, March 20, ahead of World Water Day. There is no direct supply of potable water at homes in most of the poor neighborhoods and people have to depend on regulated supply of water from public taps erected on roadsides, with a single tap catering to hundreds of households. AP / Altaf Qadri



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A young boy drinks water from a public tap as another child has a taste, in Amritsar, India, Friday, March 20, ahead of World Water Day. There is no direct supply of water at homes in most of the poor neighborhoods and people have to depend on regulated supply of water from public taps erected on roadsides, with a single tap catering to some hundreds of households. AP / Altaf Qadri



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Rag pickers collect waste material from the polluted water of the River Tawi on the eve of World Water Day on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Saturday, March 21. AP / Channi Anand



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Exile Tibetan children playing in one of the children's homes are reflected in a mirror on the wash basin at the Tibetan Children's Village School, on World Water Day in Dharmsala, India, Sunday, March 22. AP / Ashwini Bhatia



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People fill water from pipes on the outskirts of Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, March 21. World Water Day is celebrated on March 22. AP / Ajit Solanki



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Women queue up to collect water at a roadside tap in an impoverished neighborhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, March 20. There is no direct supply of potable water at homes in most of the poor neighborhoods, and people residing there have to depend on regulated supply of water from public taps erected on roadsides, with a single tap catering to hundreds of households. AP / Pavel Rahman



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Bangladeshi children carry empty water pots as they perform during a roadside dance drama to observe World Water Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 22. The banner in Bangla reads "Safe water right for all." AP / Pavel Rahman



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People fill containers with water from the Bretelle river in Cabaret, Haiti, Friday, March 20, 2009. The world celebrates Water Day on March 22. AP / Ramon Espinosa



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A woman fills a bucket with water from the Bretelle river in Cabaret, Haiti, Friday, March 20. The world celebrates Water Day on March 22. AP / Ramon Espinosa



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Sudanese refugees line up for water while an UNAMID truck carrying water donated to the camp unloads at the Zamzam refugee camp,out side the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan Thursday, March 19. Tens of thousands of newly displaced Sudanese have arrived at the overcrowded refugee camp of Zamzam in the last several weeks. AP / Nasser Nasser



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A Moroccan woman walks along a donkey after she refilled some plastic bottles of water from a public fountain in Temara next to Rabat on March 19. The 2009 World Water Day celebrations themed 'Transboundary Waters' will be held on March 22. From South Asia and to the Middle East, from Australia to California, rivers and aquifers that cross boundaries have become potent sources of friction. The risk of bloodshed over the stuff of life is a scenario taken seriously by many specialists. AFP / Getty Images / Abdelhak Senna



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Children carry a container to buy water in Lomo de corvina shantytown in Lima, Peru on Friday, March 20. The world celebrates Water Day on March 22. AP / Martin Mejia



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A family buys water in the Lomo de corvina shantytown in Lima, Peru on Friday, March 20. The world celebrates Water Day on March 22. AP / Martin Mejia



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Protesters holding placards and a mock water faucet rally outside the United Nations' office in Manila on March 20. The protesters urged the UN to do more to bring down the cost of tap water to the world's poor. AFP / Getty Images / Jay Directo



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Pakistani women make their way towards their homes after collecting fresh water from a water point on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Saturday, March 21. World Water Day is observed on March 22. Pakistanis are facing shortage of clean drinking water due to the low level of water in the country's dams, according to Pakistani Meteorological Department. AP / Anjum Naveed



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Pakistani girls collect water from a water point in outskirt of Islamabad, Pakistan Saturday, March 21. World Water Day is observed on March 22. Pakistanis are facing shortage of clean drinking water due to lowest level of water in the country's dams, according to Pakistani Meteorological Department. AP / Anjum Naveed



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Pakistani fishermen try to catch fishes in Indus River, which is seen low water level on the World Water Day on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Pakistan, on Sunday, March 22. Pakistanis are facing shortage of clean drinking water due to the low level of water in the country's dams, according to Pakistani Meteorological Department. AP / Pervez Masih



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Pakistani Niaz Khan fixes a pipe with a tap to get water from a government funded water supply along a drain covered with garbage at a slum area in Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday, March, 18, 2009. World Water Day will be observed on March 22. Pakistanis are facing shortage of clean drinking water due to lowest level of water in the country's dams, according to Pakistani Meteorological Department. AP / Shakil Adil



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Kenyans form a queue with their jerry cans at a water distribution site in the Kibera slum of Nairobi on March 21. The residents of one of Africa's biggest slums line up daily to fetch water for cooking and washing. Access to safe water in sub-Saharan Africa is worse than any other area in the African continent, with only 22 percent to 34 percent of populations in at least eight sub-Saharan countries having access to safe water. World Water Day on March 22, climaxes a seven-day gathering on how to provide clean water and sanitation for billions and resolve worsening water stress and pollution. AFP / Getty Images / Roberto Schmidt



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Water drips from a tap at a distribution site in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya on March 21. The residents of one of Africa's biggest slums line up daily to fetch water for cooking and washing. Access to safe water in sub-Saharan Africa is worse than any other area in the African continent, with only 22 percent to 34 percent of populations in at least eight sub-Saharan countries having access to safe water. World Water Day on March 22, climaxes a seven-day gathering on how to provide clean water and sanitation for billions and resolve worsening water stress and pollution. AFP / Getty Images / Roberto Schmidt



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A Kenyan woman handles a jerry can water jug at a distribution site in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, on March 21. The residents of one of Africa's biggest slums line up daily to fetch water for cooking and washing. Access to safe water in sub-Saharan Africa is worse than any other area in the African continent, with only 22 percent to 34 percent of populations in at least eight sub-Saharan countries having access to safe water. World Water Day on March 22, 2009 climaxes a seven-day gathering on how to provide clean water and sanitation for billions and resolve worsening water stress and pollution. AFP / Getty Images / Roberto Schmidt



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A Sri Lankan man bathes at the River Kelani in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday March 21, ahead of World Water Day. AP / Eranga Jayawardena



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