By Shushan Mebrahtu
MARADI, Niger, 13 December 2012 – A year ago, recalls Ashorou Miko, 31, “We were living surrounded by human excreta. The only way to relieve ourselves was by defecating in the bushes. The stench was unbearable.”
Today, he and other residents of Kollia, a remote village in the Niger, are proud to walk us through their spotless dust streets and clean mud-brick courtyards. Every house has a covered latrine constructed by household members, themselves, using local materials.
Open defecation brings risk