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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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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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AFGHANISTAN Food Crisis

 28th Apr 2008    Afghanistan

When I’m hungry, it feels hard in my stomach. I want to cry, and I wonder why my mother doesn’t give me more food.

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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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