As Ife cleaned the toilet, she thought of how lucky these people were who could afford to travel and stay in fancy hotels when there were so many people there in Kampala who don’t have the luxury of private toilets. Her daughter went to a school which didn’t have any toilets. This meant that she had to use the bushes as a washroom.
Just recently, Ife’s ex-husband was charged and fined when he was caught urinating against a wall outside of a government building because there wasn’t anywhere else to go. The toilets in buildings were locked and they wouldn’t let people off the streets use them. She, herself was caught using this one by the Japanese businessman who occupied this suite. In order for her to keep her job which she needed in order to support her daughter and herself and to use the toilet, she had to agree to his proposition.
She heard him now moving about in the bedroom. He called out to her. She flushed the toilet, washed her hands and joined him. He was lying in the bed, waiting for her. She took a deep breath and got undressed.
Two hours later, she went home.
This story is in recognition of World Toilet Day which is today, Nov. 19. Apparently, the toilet crisis is most severe in parts of Africa and Asia. One in five primary schools and one in eight secondary schools globally don’t have any toilets, according to WaterAid. World Toilet Day addresses the plight of millions who don’t have proper access to sanitation and whose lives are at risk. The goal is to ensure that everyone has access to a safe toilet by 2030.