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Heroes

If you look at her hands, you'll see her struggles. Literally.

Who knew a bucket of water could be so hard? They do.

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Aissa lives in Sahel, a region south of the Sahara Desert, in Niger.

Sahel is notorious for its lack of water.


Near Torombi Village, where Aissa lives, there is a very deep well.


That's where the village women get their water by hauling it up in buckets.

Pulling up buckets of water is harder work than you'd imagine.

Just ask the women about their hands.

"When you get used to drawing water, you don't feel the pain any more. The first time you draw water, the skin pulls off and your hands bleed, but you continue to draw water." — Aissa

But worse than having bleeding and blistering hands? Falling into the well, which is exactly what happened to Aissa — and her daughter.

Aissa yelled for others to come save her daughter:

"Just save my child! I know that I will surely die. Let my child go back home and may God bless her."

Ultimately, they were OK.

But the danger that comes just from trying to get water remains.

Watch below to see Aissa tell her story, as well as the story of another village, Sourountouna, that has found a way to battle the scarcity.

While the campaign the video refers to began in September 2014, the message is still HUGELY relevant. There are still so many people who risk their lives just to get drinking water.

Health

A child’s mental health concerns shouldn’t be publicized no matter who their parents are

Even politicians' children deserve privacy during a mental health crisis.

A child's mental health concerns shouldn't be publicized.

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It's an unspoken rule that children of politicians should be off limits when it comes to public figure status. Kids deserve the ability to simply be kids without the media picking them apart. We saw this during Obama's presidency when people from both ends of the political spectrum come out to defend Malia and Sasha Obama's privacy and again when a reporter made a remark about Barron Trump.

This is even more important when we are talking about a child's mental health, so seeing detailed reports about Ted Cruz's 14-year-old child's private mental health crisis was offputting, to say it kindly. It feels icky for me to even put the senator's name in this article because it feels like adding to this child's exposure.

When a child is struggling with mental health concerns, the instinct should be to cocoon them in safety, not to highlight the details or speculate on the cause. Ever since the news broke about this child's mental health, social media has been abuzz, mostly attacking the parents and speculating if the child is a member of the LGBTQ community.

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