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Around the world in 45 toilets
Some 2.4 billion people around the world don't have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open, risking disease and other dangers, according to the United Nations. The UN says that while there is sufficient fresh water on the planet for everyone, "bad economics and poor infrastructure" mean that every year millions of people - most of them children - die from diseases linked to poor sanitation, unhygienic living conditions and lack of clean water supplies. To mark World Toilet Day on November 19, Reuters photographers around the globe photographed toilets in their cities, towns and villages.
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November 16, 2015
A toilet block is surrounded by white sand in the White Sands National Monument park area near Alamogordo,...
Alamogordo, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Around the world in 45 toilets
A toilet block is surrounded by white sand in the White Sands National Monument park area near Alamogordo, New Mexico, United States, October 6, 2015. The park's white sand dunes are composed of gypsum crystals. It is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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November 16, 2015
A toilet floats on the river Nun near Yenagoa, Bayelsa state in Nigeria's delta region October 8, 2015....
Yenagoa, Nigeria
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A toilet floats on the river Nun near Yenagoa, Bayelsa state in Nigeria's delta region October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7B6N
November 16, 2015
A public toilet made of rusty sheets of metal stands in Gatwekera village in Kibera slum in Nairobi,...
Nairobi, Kenya
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A public toilet made of rusty sheets of metal stands in Gatwekera village in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, October 12, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7B7O
November 16, 2015
A damaged toilet stands amidst rubble in the town of Douma in eastern Ghouta of Damascus October 17,...
Damascus, Syria
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A damaged toilet stands amidst rubble in the town of Douma in eastern Ghouta of Damascus October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7B6H
November 16, 2015
A public toilet stands surrounded by snow near the 2011 Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station north...
PRUDHOE BAY, UNITED STATES
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A public toilet stands surrounded by snow near the 2011 Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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RTS7B80
November 16, 2015
A toilet stands in the middle of an empty field on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, October 8, 2015....
Santiago, Chile
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A toilet stands in the middle of an empty field on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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RTS7BTT
November 16, 2015
A toilet cubicle with glass walls stands in a fenced off garden at Itabu railway station in the Chiba...
Tokyo, Japan
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A toilet cubicle with glass walls stands in a fenced off garden at Itabu railway station in the Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo October 13, 2015. Dubbed "the world's most spacious public toilet" by local media, the lady's outhouse is a glass cubicle with a fully functioning toilet that stands in a garden. The high fence surrounding the toilet can be locked from the inside, giving the user the experience of both privacy and space. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7B7F
November 16, 2015
A migrant uses a field as a toilet at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni August...
IDOMENI, Greece
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A migrant uses a field as a toilet at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni August 22, 2015. Thousands of refugees and migrants camped in no man's land waiting to cross the border. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7B72
November 16, 2015
A domestic toilet is seen inside a house in Lalitpur, Nepal, October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar...
LALITPUR, Nepal
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A domestic toilet is seen inside a house in Lalitpur, Nepal, October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7B8H
November 16, 2015
Posters, including those advertising treatments for sexually transmitted diseases, are stuck to the walls...
Beijing, China
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Posters, including those advertising treatments for sexually transmitted diseases, are stuck to the walls of a public toilet in a residential area for migrant workers in Shigezhuang village, Beijing, China, October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7BDG
November 16, 2015
The first light of dawn illuminates Mount Everest as the moon shines above and a toilet block is seen...
Mount Everest, China
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The first light of dawn illuminates Mount Everest as the moon shines above and a toilet block is seen in the foreground in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China, April 29, 2008. REUTERS/David Gray
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7BAK
November 16, 2015
A one-way mirror is seen above the urinal at Streeter's Tavern in Chicago, Illinois, United States, September...
Chicago, UNITED STATES
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A one-way mirror is seen above the urinal at Streeter's Tavern in Chicago, Illinois, United States, September 30, 2015. Customers using the the bathroom can see into the main area of the bar, but cannot be seen by the people at the bar. REUTERS/Jim Young
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RTS7B8F
November 16, 2015
A woman waits in front of a toilet in front of the Sphinx at the Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo,...
Giza, Egypt
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A woman waits in front of a toilet in front of the Sphinx at the Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, November 8, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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RTS7BA6
November 16, 2015
Temporary toilets stand in front of shacks in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa, October...
Cape Town, South Africa
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Temporary toilets stand in front of shacks in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa, October 14, 2015. Twenty years after South Africa's first democratic elections, the slow pace of delivery of basic services remains a point of tension in some communities. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
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November 16, 2015
A mobile toilet is parked on a road in Kathmandu, Nepal October 9, 2015. The word written on the vehicle...
Kathmandu, Nepal
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A mobile toilet is parked on a road in Kathmandu, Nepal October 9, 2015. The word written on the vehicle reads "toilet" in Nepalese. Some 2.4 billion people around the world don't have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open, risking disease and other dangers, according to the United Nations. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7BA1
November 16, 2015
A surfboard rests against an old toilet shed, also known in Australia as a 'dunny' or an 'outhouse',...
Sydney, Australia
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A surfboard rests against an old toilet shed, also known in Australia as a 'dunny' or an 'outhouse', in the backyard of a home in the northern beaches suburb of Manly in Sydney, Australia, October 8, 2015. The UN says that while there is sufficient fresh water on the planet for everyone, "bad economics and poor infrastructure" mean that every year millions of people - most of them children - die from diseases linked to poor sanitation, unhygienic living conditions and lack of clean water supplies. REUTERS/David Gray
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7B9X
November 16, 2015
Plants grow in front of a public toilet in Tbilisi, Georgia, September 18, 2015. To mark World Toilet...
Tbilisi, Georgia
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Plants grow in front of a public toilet in Tbilisi, Georgia, September 18, 2015. To mark World Toilet Day on November 19, Reuters photographers captured pictures of toilets in cities, towns and villages around the globe. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
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November 16, 2015
Writing which reads "No urinating!" is seen on a wall along a street in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 8, 2015....
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Writing which reads "No urinating!" is seen on a wall along a street in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kham
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7B9A
November 16, 2015
A toilet is seen inside a master bedroom at a residential flat in Hong Kong, China October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby...
Hong Kong, China
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A toilet is seen inside a master bedroom at a residential flat in Hong Kong, China October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7B96
November 16, 2015
A cross hangs outside the toilet in Torreto Barbershop in Frankfurt, Germany, October 13, 2015. The toilet...
Frankfurt, Germany
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A cross hangs outside the toilet in Torreto Barbershop in Frankfurt, Germany, October 13, 2015. The toilet is used by the visitors and shop owner, Alex "Torreto" Velios who lives and works at his shop in Frankfurt. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
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November 16, 2015
Towels hang on a radiator next to a toilet in an apartment in Beijing's central business district, China,...
Beijing, China
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Towels hang on a radiator next to a toilet in an apartment in Beijing's central business district, China, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7B8Z
November 16, 2015
Toilets donated by Unicef and World Vision stand near tents at a Syrian refugee settlement camp in Qab...
Bekaa, Lebanon
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Toilets donated by Unicef and World Vision stand near tents at a Syrian refugee settlement camp in Qab Elias in the Bekaa Valley, near Baalbek, Lebanon October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
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RTS7B8W
November 16, 2015
The entrance to toilets is reflected in a mirror in the lobby of Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang,...
Pyongyang, North Korea
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The entrance to toilets is reflected in a mirror in the lobby of Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, October 11, 2015. Foreign tourists to Pyongyang usually stay at the hotel. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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November 16, 2015
A public toilet for men is seen in Oscar Freire street in Sao Paulo, November 4, 2015. The toilet was...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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A public toilet for men is seen in Oscar Freire street in Sao Paulo, November 4, 2015. The toilet was designed by Jade Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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RTS7B8B
November 16, 2015
A toilet is seen in a hostel for asylum seekers in Augsburg near Munich, southern Germany, August 27,...
Augsburg, Germany
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A toilet is seen in a hostel for asylum seekers in Augsburg near Munich, southern Germany, August 27, 2015. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
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November 16, 2015
Public toilets are seen in Eidsvolls Plass in Oslo, Norway, October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
Oslo, Norway
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Public toilets are seen in Eidsvolls Plass in Oslo, Norway, October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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November 16, 2015
A dog runs past a bar toilet in the Turano slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 1, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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A dog runs past a bar toilet in the Turano slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 1, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
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RTS7BE4
November 16, 2015
The entrance to a public toilet with escalator ramps is seen in Istanbul, Turkey, October 9, 2015. REUTERS/Murad...
Istanbul, Turkey
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The entrance to a public toilet with escalator ramps is seen in Istanbul, Turkey, October 9, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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November 16, 2015
A woman passes near the entrance to a toilet in a makeshift shelter used by a Palestinian family in Khan...
Khan Younis, Palestinian Territories
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A woman passes near the entrance to a toilet in a makeshift shelter used by a Palestinian family in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, October 13, 2015. The family's house was destroyed by, what witnesses said, was Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in the summer of 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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RTS7BDX
November 16, 2015
A toilet with a view of the Pacific Ocean is seen at Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, California, United...
Santa Monica, UNITED STATES
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A toilet with a view of the Pacific Ocean is seen at Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, California, United States, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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RTS7BDQ
November 16, 2015
Chemical toilets are lined up in downtown Rome April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Rome, Italy
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Chemical toilets are lined up in downtown Rome April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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November 16, 2015
An outdoor toilet is seen in the Marcory district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, October 13, 2015. The notice...
Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
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An outdoor toilet is seen in the Marcory district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, October 13, 2015. The notice on the left reads, "Strangers prohibited from using this toilet," while the sign on the right reads, "Pissing prohibited." To mark World Toilet Day on November 19, Reuters photographers captured pictures of toilets in cities, towns and villages around the globe. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon PICTURE 38 OF 45 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY: "AROUND THE WORLD IN 45 TOILETS". SEARCH "REUTERS OUTHOUSE" FOR ALL IMAGES.
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RTS7BDL
November 16, 2015
Graffiti is painted on the bathroom walls at a restaurant in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn borough...
New York, UNITED STATES
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Graffiti is painted on the bathroom walls at a restaurant in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn borough in New York, United States, October 1, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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RTS7BDJ
November 16, 2015
A makeshift shower cabin and toilet are seen atop a deserted hotel, where hundreds of migrants found...
KOS, Greece
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A makeshift shower cabin and toilet are seen atop a deserted hotel, where hundreds of migrants found temporary shelter on the Greek island of Kos, Greece, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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November 16, 2015
Public toilets are seen at Azraq refugee camp near Al Azraq city, Jordan, October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammad...
Azraq, Jordan
The Wider Image: Around the world in 45 toilets
Public toilets are seen at Azraq refugee camp near Al Azraq city, Jordan, October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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RTS7BBR
November 16, 2015
A domestic toilet is seen in a house in Mexico City, Mexico October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Mexico City, Mexico
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A domestic toilet is seen in a house in Mexico City, Mexico October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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RTS7BHO
November 16, 2015
A cash register sits on a table in a ladies' public toilet in downtown Algiers, Algeria October 17, 2015....
Algiers, Algeria
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A cash register sits on a table in a ladies' public toilet in downtown Algiers, Algeria October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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RTS7BHG
November 16, 2015
A toilet stands outside the Llamocca family home at Villa Lourdes in Villa Maria del Triunfo on the outskirts...
Lima, Peru
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A toilet stands outside the Llamocca family home at Villa Lourdes in Villa Maria del Triunfo on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, October 7, 2015. There is no running water in Villa Lourdes and families buy it from water tankers once a week. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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November 16, 2015
Newspapers lie on a toilet seat in a house in Mandalay, Myanmar, October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva...
MANDALAY, Myanmar
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Newspapers lie on a toilet seat in a house in Mandalay, Myanmar, October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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RTS7BF1
November 16, 2015
A public toilet is seen in London Fields in east London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Marika Kochiashvili...
London, BRITAIN
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A public toilet is seen in London Fields in east London, Britain October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Marika Kochiashvili
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RTS7BEZ
November 16, 2015
The men's public toilet is seen at Snaresbrook underground tube station in London October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Russell...
London, BRITAIN
The Wider Image: Around the world in 45 toilets
The men's public toilet is seen at Snaresbrook underground tube station in London October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
HEALTH-TOILETS/WIDERIMAGE
RTS7BHT
November 16, 2015
A toilet stands in a field on private property in the town of Yuzhno-Kurilsk on Kunashir Island which...
Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Russia
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A toilet stands in a field on private property in the town of Yuzhno-Kurilsk on Kunashir Island which is part of the Kuril Islands group in Russia, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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