In this provocative featured story, instead of merely telling us a narrative, photographer Andrea Bruce shows us open defecation, and in turn its deadly consequences. As Bruce explores various communities in India, Vietnam, Port-au-Prince and Haiti, she pushes us to confront the reality faced by many around the world of open defecation and the lack of access to clean drinking water. By poignantly juxtaposing images of toileting and bathing in open unprivate spaces, and even in dumping grounds for garbage, we find ourselves much closer to this issue that 2.4 billion people globally face.

National Geographic picture story by photographer Andrea Bruce.


Photo credits: Andrea Bruce/National Geographic