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ETHIOPIA Ebrahim's journey

 27th Oct 2009    Ethiopia

Twenty-five years ago, during the infamous 1984 famine in Ethiopia, Ebrahim Jemal’s life was saved by emergency food distributed by CARE International. Today he has come full circle, working for CARE to strengthen the livelihoods of people in his community so that they can protect themselves from future emergencies.

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INDIA A dark Diwali

 14th Oct 2009    India

The entire country is preparing to celebrate Diwali – the Indian festival of lights. So was Masamma, a 75-year-old grandmother who lives with her son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. However, fate had other plans for her as all her plans for celebrations have now been washed away along with her ...

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LAOS What the river gives and takes away

 13th Oct 2009    Laos

Mrs Kiang makes her way down to the river with a blue mosquito net hanging over her shoulder. ‘What have you got that for?’ Noi, part of the CARE team assessing the area in Laos, asks her. ‘I found it and am going to wash it in the river and ...

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INDIA Childhood interrupted

 13th Oct 2009    India

When I visited the village of Chabolu, I was struck by the wide spread destruction caused by the flooding of river Thungabhadra and Krishna. This village is situated between both the rivers and the backwaters have caused massive destruction. Acres of paddy fields are submerged in water and all the ...

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INDIA Swept away by floods

 12th Oct 2009    India

Ramullama and her neighbor Mangamma have not come to terms with the events of the past few days. They continue to sit out side of their homes that have been completely devastated by the floods. Ramullama and Mangamma are fisherwomen and live in the remote Amaragiri village in the Kolapur ...

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INDONESIA I never thought that we would be this lucky

 8th Oct 2009    Indonesia

Behind hills and lines of trees, perching on the edge of a cliff in the highlands 45 kilometers from the city of Pariaman, the village of Korong Barang-barangan is effectively hidden from the world. The village is not connected to the power or water grids. So when the earthquake struck ...

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INDONESIA It is a disaster no one can be blamed

 7th Oct 2009    Indonesia

It was Wednesday afternoon in the village of Tanjung Alai. Sariani had just finished her prayers and was sitting in the living room watching TV with her five-year-old grandchild, Farisa. It was a regular evening; everything was just fine until the ground started to shake.

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INDONESIA God I will never forget the sound

 7th Oct 2009    Indonesia

Zaimarti is sitting on the corner of a wooden bench in front of what used to be her home, finishing her lunch – instant noodles with some rice. It’s the same menu she’s had for the past five days, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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VIETNAM Captive to the whims of the river

 6th Oct 2009    Vietnam

In the early afternoon of 29 September, the eye of Typhoon Ketsana ripped through the central province of Quang Nam, buffeting communities with gusts of over 150 kilometres an hour. The road from the coastal city of Danang is littered with remnants of the storm; gashes in the asphalt where ...

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VIETNAM Life lived on a tightrope

 6th Oct 2009    Vietnam

Straw hanging from twisted powerlines resembles washing hung out to dry. Rows of telegraph poles lie skittled, while buffaloes wallow in churned heaps of mud beside the road. They are vivid scenes redolent of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Ketsana.

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