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War, Hunger, and Displacement: VOLUME 1$
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E. Wayne Nafziger, Frances Stewart, and Raimo Väyrynen

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198297390.001.0001

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Water Scarcity as a Source of Crises

Water Scarcity as a Source of Crises

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War, Hunger, and Displacement: VOLUME 1


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This chapter examines the importance of water for human survival and economic development and the role of water scarcity as a source of crises or humanitarian emergencies. It mentions studies about water scarcity or water barrier which reveal that it is becoming a major problem in developing countries because of population growth and efforts towards rapid industrialization. The findings also suggests that the increasing number of water conflicts have a strong potential for violent escalation and water projects causing massive population displacement which increases the possibility of death and suffering for large numbers of the population, which in turn can lead to complex humanitarian emergencies.

Keywords:   water scarcity, humanitarian emergencies, water barrier, developing countries, industrialization, population displacement, water conflicts, population growth

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