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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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SRI LANKA From untouchables to leaders

 5th May 2008    Sri Lanka

More than 150 years ago, M. Sasikala’s ancestors were shipped from India to work on the tea plantations high in the hills of central Sri Lanka. They had no rights, no land of their own, and were essentially treated as slaves – no access to the services provided to Sri ...

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ETHIOPIA Fighting for the rights of girls

 22nd Feb 2008    Ethiopia

On the dry and dusty floor of the Ethiopian Rift Valley, the reality of discrimation is starkly apparent. For girls here, it begins at birth. When a boy is born, there is clapping, shouting and singing, and celebratory shots are fired in the air.

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INDIA Sukmati realises her potential

 6th Feb 2008    India

Coming from an extremely poor family, the road to holding office in the local village council (Panchayat) was a long and arduous one for Sukmati.

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