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HAITI The courage to save herself and others

 24th Sep 2008    Haiti

Islande Bonne Joseph is sitting in front of me wearing a pretty checked dress, her hair carefully tied back. Her huge smile is warm and heartfelt. Dressed in her Sunday clothes Islande may look timid, but this young woman is anything but. When Hurricane Ike hit Gonaives in Haiti, Islande ...

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ZAMBIA A COMACO success story

 24th Sep 2008    Zambia

Matteo Zulu points out over his fields. They don’t look like much now, still dry and barren from the cold season, but come the rains these fields will flood and become ideal for growing four acres of the best rice you’ve ever tasted. Matteo is a walking profile of success ...

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ZAMBIA Overcoming HIV AIDS Christines story

 17th Sep 2008    Zambia

The road to Kabiya village, in the eastern province of Zambia, is red and dusty. Tobacco fields stretch off in either direction. Christine Jere sits on the ground outside her mud-and-thatch hut in Kabiya and tells the story of how she nearly died of AIDS.

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INDIA In times of flooding life goes on

 9th Sep 2008    India

“I have never experienced such fear as I did in the last few days,” says the very soft-spoken Sarita Devi, a resident of Majura village, in the flooded district of Supaul, Bihar state. “I was full-term pregnant when the waters began to rise.”

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INDIA Fighting to reach dry land

 4th Sep 2008    India

The desolation and pain in the eyes of Rihana Kahtun is palpable. I met her in Triveniganj, where she was sitting by the banks of the furious Kosi river, staring vacantly ahead. After a bit of prodding, she shared her encounter with one of the worst floods that India has ...

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KENYA Women seek justice for post election violence

 2nd Sep 2008    Kenya

Every morning she wakes up to his frightening face, a look she wants to erase from her memory but one she cannot escape. “He assaulted me with a machete and slashed my ribs before raping me,” she says as she recounts the nightmare she lived through during the Kenya post ...

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JORDAN Helping families sustain their livelihoods

 11th Aug 2008    Jordan

Adhul shows every day of his 87 years as he graciously offers Arabic coffee in the comfort of his modest home in the heart of Bayoudeh village

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ETHIOPIA Food prices add to crisis

 17th Jul 2008    Ethiopia

When one-year old Nebele Kadir arrived at CARE’s stabilisation centre in Haramaya, East Hararghe, 10 days ago, she was almost comatose. Weighing 2.5kg, she was smaller than many newborn babies. Along with the other twenty-eight inpatients of the centre, she is severely malnourished, a victim of the food crisis engulfing ...

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UGANDA Saving money for her family

 17th Jul 2008    Uganda

Angrace lives with her four children in the north east of Uganda. With no husband she is left to provide for the whole family.

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AFGHANISTAN Mujda means good news for schoolgirls

 26th May 2008    Afghanistan

In a one-room mud schoolhouse in rural Afghanistan, a group of young girls are learning a new word in their native Dari: Mujda. It means good news – not a word one might think would be very useful in a place like this, where decades of fighting and natural disasters ...

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