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2007 Hunger Alerts

INDIA: Pregnant mother and two-year-old baby likely to die from starvation

Ms. Gangajali, wife of Munna Lal is in her advanced stage of pregnancy. She is suffering from symptoms of dehydration [picture 1]. On 20 November 2007, Gangajali was seriously sick. She went to the nearest private clinic along with her husband.

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INDIA: Three-year-old Dalit boy may die soon from acute starvation in Jaunpur

Mukesh [picture 1] is three year old. He is the son of Mr. Ram Lagan. They belong to the Chamar community of Bhaisa village in Kerakat administrative block of Jaunpur district. Mukesh may die due to malnutrition if immediate assistance is not provided to him. Mukesh is suffering from Grade IV Malnutrition and he weighs only 5.5 kilograms.

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INDIA: Yet another person dies from starvation in Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Kammal Musahar [picture 1] is from the Musahar community of Sarsanwa village. Kammal was about 50 years old. Kammal and his family were trying to make a living by selling plates made from leaves. The family that includes Kammal, son Lalai, Lalai's wife Radha and their daughters Sunita and Munita could hardly have a meal a day with their earnings from selling leaf plates.

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UPDATE (Philippines): A mother of an infant who died from severe malnutrition dies; illness worsen by lack of food, medicines

In our previous appeal HA-26-2005, we have mentioned that John Paul Mahinay died from severe malnutrition in September 2005. His death had been aggravated by lack of food and the abject poverty his family had long been experiencing. His parents, who could not afford buy him milk powder, had to feed him with a soup from boiled grind rice. His family was also struggling to feed themselves.

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UPDATE (India): A handloom weaver suffering from tuberculosis and poverty for 22 years

The AHRC has reported eight cases of handloom weavers suffering from tuberculosis and poverty on 27 September 2007. They are living in Lohta village, Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh. Many villagers in Lohta are engaged in the weaving industry are now losing their livelihood due to introduction of power looms. They are also facing competition due to the import of cheap foreign substitutes from countries like China. All the weavers in the earlier eight cases are suffering from tuberculosis for at least three months up to eight years. The lack of livelihood and the failure of government policies related to public heath service are taking their lives away. For further information about this cases please see HA-012-2007. This is the case of yet another weaver in the same area, Mr. Mahmoodul Hasan who is suffering from tuberculosis for 22 years.

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INDIA: Handloom weavers and their family members may die from tuberculosis in Uttar Pradesh due to poor living conditions

The handloom weaving industry in India depends upon state and central government support for its survival. The industry depends upon skilled weavers, who for generations made a good living out of weaving. The handloom weavers in Uttar Pradesh state, Varanasi particular, are known for their skills of weaving intricate designs, which often take days and months to finish.

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UPDATE (India): Alina Shahin passed away yesterday

Alina Sahin [picture 1] was 18 months old and the youngest daughter of Mr. Ansar Ahmed. Ansar has two daughters and a son. Ansar's wife died six months before and Alina is taken care of by her paternal grandmother. The AHRC had issued a hunger alert on September 3, 2007 expressing concern over Alina's situation. For further details please see HA-011-2007.

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INDIA: A 18-month-old girl may die soon from starvation in Uttar Pradesh

Alina Sahin [picture 1] is 18 months old and the youngest daughter of Mr. Ansar Ahmed. Ansar has two daughters and a son. Ansar's wife died six months before and Alina is taken care of by her paternal grandmother.

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INDIA: Corrupt village administration likely to cause starvation deaths in Shankarpur village

Shankarpur village is under the jurisdiction of Chaubepur police station in Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh. This village has been in the news since 2005 when three members of a family died from starvation in the village. For further information Please see HA-12-2005, UA-173-2007.

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INDIA: A three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl may die soon due to malnourishment in Uttar Pradesh

Tinni Musahar [picture 1] is aged three years and weighs only nine kilos. His sister Sushila [picture 2] is one year old and weighs only five kilos. Both are suffering from Grade IV malnutrition which is life threatening in the absence of immediate medical care. Tinni and Sushila were taken to the public health centre, Pindra where the doctor certified Tinni and Sushila being suffering from Grade IV malnutrition.

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UPDATE(India): Sub Divisional Magistrate threatens human rights activist in Uttar Pradesh

Raitara Musahar ghetto is in Pindra village of Varanasi district. The AHRC on four previous occasions had issued hunger alerts reporting cases of acute starvation from Raitara Musahar ghetto. The first case, issued on July 17, 2007 was concerning Mulayam Musahar, a boy aged five years. Mulayam is suffering from Grade III malnourishment. After reporting this case the AHRC had also reported two other cases in succession. The case of Maya Musahar, a five-year-old girl suffering from Grade IV malnutrition, was reported on July 23, 2007 and that of Rema Musahar, a two-year-old girl, also suffering from Grade IV malnutrition, was reported on July 31, 2007.

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UPDATE(India): District administration responds to Hunger Alerts in Uttar Pradesh

The AHRC on three previous occasions had issued hunger alerts reporting cases of acute starvation from Raitara Musahar ghetto in Pindra block of Varanasi district. The first case, issued on July 17, 2007 was concerning Mulayam Musahar, a boy aged five years. Mulayam is suffering from Grade III malnourishment. After reporting this case the AHRC had also reported two other cases in succession. The case of Maya Musahar, a five-year-old girl suffering from Grade IV malnutrition, was reported on July 23, 2007 and that of Rema Musahar, a two-year-old girl, also suffering from Grade IV malnutrition, was reported on July 31, 2007.

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INDIA: Two-year-old girl facing imminent death from starvation in Raitara village of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh

Rema Musahar is the daughter of Ms. Lalmani and Mr. Ashok Musahar. The family stays in the Raitara Musahar ghetto in Pindra village of Badagaw block in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. The family works for the village head as bonded laborers. They hardly get 50 Rupees [1.01 USD] as their wage per day, that too whenever their employer Mr. Rajkumar Yadav is willing to pay. It is alleged that Rajkumar and his brother Mr. Sijan Yadav are known criminals of the locality. Sijan is alleged to be involved in several kidnappings for ransom in the district. It is also alleged that the village head has kept the Musahars in the Raitara ghetto and never allows them to leave the place without his permission, which he never give.

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GENERAL(India): Hundreds of families deprived of all benefits of the government welfare programmes in Asanahar village in Sonbadra district of Uttar Pradesh

Asanahar village of Pati panchayat is in Sonbadra district of Uttar Pradesh. The district though known as the 'power house' of north India lacks all basic facilities, including drinking water, electricity, telecommunication, post office or even a Public Food Distribution (PDS) shop. The district is often referred to as the 'power house' after the construction of two major power stations, the Rehand power station in the sixties and the Obra Thermal Power Station in the seventies. The construction of these two power stations within sixty kilometers of each other, literally converted the Renu River into a huge lake. As the water level increased, the villagers in several villages within the catchment area of the dams that houses the power stations had to seek higher lands to live.

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INDIA: Five-year-old Dalit girl facing imminent death from starvation in Raitara village of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh

Maya Musahar is the daughter of Ms. Jiyuti and Mr. Patalu Musahar. The family stays in the Raitara Musahar ghetto in Pindra village of Badagaw block in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. The family works for the village head as bonded laborers. They hardly get 50 Rupees [1.01 USD] as their wage per day, that too whenever their employer Mr. Rajkumar Yadav is willing to pay. It is alleged that Rajkumar and his brother Mr. Sijan Yadav are known criminals of the locality. Sijan is alleged to be involved in several kidnappings for ransom in the district. It is also alleged that the village head has kept the Musahars in the Raitara ghetto and never allows them to leave the place without his permission, which he never give.

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INDIA: Five-year-old Musahar boy may die from starvation in Raitara of Pindra village in Varanasi in the coming days

Mulayam, aged 5 years is the son of Ms. Reshma Musahar and Mr. Sajeevan. They live in Raitara Musahar ghetto of Pindra village in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. At the age of 5, Mulayam weighs only 10 kilos. Mulayam suffers from Grade III malnutrition which if not treated immediately is fatal. Mulayam has a sister and his mother is pregnant.

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UPDATE(Thailand): Government official admits to not knowing facts before arresting and forcibly evicting villagers

As described in the first appeal, the villagers from Pang Daeng village, Chiang Dao district, Chiang Mai were arrested without warrant on 23 July 2004 and were later charged with encroachment and illegal entry to the Chiang Dao national reserve under the National Reserved Forest Act, BE 2507 (1964). One of them confessed and paid the fine, while the rest (listed below) denied the charges.

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INDIA: Deaths from starvation imminent in Alhadadpur village in Amebdkar Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh

According to the information received, several families in Alhadapur village were engaged in the weaving industry. However owing to the influx of cheap alternatives from outside the country and various other factors like poor management of the industry by the private entrepreneurs and lack of government support, the weaving industry in Uttar Pradesh deteriorated. This terminated the source of income of several thousand families in the state. Most of these families are staying in villages and Alhadapur is one such village.

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INDIA: 18 Musahar families are dying of starvation due to negligence of district administration in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

The Musahar community, in Varanasi district, is socially and economically one of the most marginalized communities in India and they are poorest amongst poor. The Musahar community falls under the category of the Scheduled Caste. Although the practice of untouchability is a crime in Indian law the Musahar community is not allowed to enjoy ordinary social life with the mainstream society and to share common amenities in the village.

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INDIA: Corruption causes starvation in Musahar community in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

The Musahar community, in Varanasi district, is socially and economically one of the most marginalized communities in India. The Musahar community falls under the category of Scheduled Caste. Although the practice of untouchability is a crime in Indian law the Musahar community is not allowed to enjoy social life with the mainstream society and to share common amenities in the village.

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PAKISTAN: About 500,000 fishermen will be jobless due to the government's unlawful long-term lease of two Islands to a company

The AHRC was informed that the Federal Government of Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that stated a 99-year lease on twin Islands namely Bhudal and Bhuddo located in Karachi city, Sindh province to Dubai based Emaar Properties PJSC Company in September 2006. The company has a project to rename the islands ‘Diamond Bar City’ and construct high-rises, residential resorts, hotels, casinos and a 1.5 Kilometer bridge connecting the islands to Karachi city over the next 13 years at a total cost of US$ 43.135 billion. After the MOU, the said company reportedly demolished some 1,000 fishermen’s huts with the help of the police and the army in October 2006. It is alleged that 35 villagers were arrested and a 5-year-old boy was killed during the demolition.

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INDIA: Government sleeps over 386 confirmed cases of Fluorosis in Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh state

The Gram Swarajya Samithi conducted a survey in nine villages located in Chopan, Dudhi and Myorpur blocks and identified the cases mentioned above. There are are concerns that at least 36,000 persons will soon become handicapped in the very near future if nothing is done to improve the situation. On an earlier initiative by the Samithi, scientists from the Indian Council for Medical Research lead by Dr. Chandra Kumar Dolla and Dr. Surendra Kumar took samples of water from the tube-wells of the region for detailed tests between 20 and 24 July 2004. Though the results of the tests were not made available after several requests by the Samithi, they were informed that the tests conducted by the scientists revealed that the fluoride content in the water samples showed at levels at least five to six times the normal values.

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