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Potties worth partying for 開馬桶派對

A Cambodian woman kisses her baby while walking through a village outside Phnom Penh in Cambodia.一名柬埔寨婦女行經金邊外圍的村莊時親吻她的嬰孩。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

The residents of a Cambodian village threw a party to celebrate a sanitation milestone: a toilet in every home.

All 94 families in Sleng village in Kampong Speu province have built a simple toilet in their homes to deal with solid human waste, making the village “a model of good hygiene” for neighboring communities, according to UNICEF, the UN children's organization.

Hilda Winarta, a UNICEF water and sanitation worker, said the toilets are simple -- holes in the ground surrounded by walls made from tree leaves or plastic sheets -- but can help prevent outbreaks of dangerous diseases.

The village celebrated its achievement with ceremonies and speeches by the village chief, government officials and UNICEF.

A local comedian performed, and village actors performed a short play about how the village residents will no longer have to defecate outdoors.

There was also “a balloon (releasing) ceremony, a village-hosted lunch and singing,” Winarta said.

Cambodia's sanitation infrastructure is among the worst in the world, UNICEF said. Only 16 percent of Cambodia's rural population have a clean, private place to use a toilet.

Last September, UNICEF and Cambodia's Rural Development Ministry began a program to encourage villagers to improve their sanitation.

In Sleng, families built their own toilet with nothing more than “encouragement” from the ministry and UNICEF and “a sense of disgust and shame” about open defecation, the statement said.

Sleng joins just four other villages in Cambodia that have latrines for every person, UNICEF said.

Kampong Speu province is about 45km southwest of the capital, Phnom Penh.(AP)

柬埔寨一個村落的居民舉辦派對,慶祝家家戶戶有馬桶的公衛里程碑。

Today's Words 今天單字

1. sanitation n.

環境衛生 (huan2 jing4 wei4 sheng1)

例: Sanitation workers collect the city's garbage every night.

(清潔隊員每晚都會收城裡的垃圾。)

2. outbreak n.

爆發 (bao4 fa1)

例: Everybody is worried about an outbreak of war between those two countries.

(大家都擔心那兩國爆發戰事。)

3. defecate v.i.

排便 (pai2 bian4)

例: Jim became so frightened when a mugger pointed a gun at him that he defecated involuntarily.

(當吉姆被一名搶匪用槍指著,他就怕得失禁了。)

4. infrastructure n.

公共建設 (gong1 gong4 jian4 she4)

例: As the city's infrastructure improves, the traffic gets better.

(交通狀況隨著城市的公共建設更新獲得改善。)


根據UNICEF(聯合國兒童基金會)表示,磅士卑省史蘭村中,全數九十四戶村民已在家中裝設簡單馬桶,處理固體人類排泄物,成為鄰近社區中的「衛生好模範」。

聯合國兒童基金會的水質衛生工作人員希爾達?薇納塔表示,馬桶雖簡便,只是在地上挖洞,再以樹葉和塑膠布製成障壁包圍,卻有助防止危險疾病爆發。

村民以舉行派對,以及邀請村長、政府官員和聯合國兒童基金會致詞的方式慶祝這項成就。

除有一名當地喜劇演員演出,更有村民演出告別戶外如廁的短劇。

薇納塔表示,還會有「施放氣球儀式、村民主辦的午餐和歌唱表演」。

聯合國兒童基金會表示,柬埔寨的衛生設施是全世界最落後的國家之一,只有16%的柬埔寨偏遠居民擁有乾淨隱密的地方如廁。

去年九月,聯合國兒童基金會和柬埔寨農村發展部門開辦一項計劃,鼓勵村民改善衛生設施。

聲明中表示,史蘭村家家戶戶裝設自己的馬桶,只有靠來自政府部門和聯合國兒童基金會的「鼓勵」,以及對於戶外如廁的「厭惡和羞恥感」。

聯合國兒童基金會表示,在其他四個柬埔寨村落人人有公廁之後,史蘭村也加入這項計劃。

磅士卑省位在首都金邊西南方四十五公里處。

(美聯社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

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