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Hunger - an ongoing issue in India

boy.gifMany sad hunger stories are being neglected, unheard and ignored in different parts of the world. The victims suffer in silence. Our society is not poorer than it was in the past. Why is that the problems of starvation, malnutrition and other related issues are unabated?

To raise awareness and prompt action on poverty-related issues in the region, the Asian Human Rights Commission has launched a campaign of Hunger Alert. It aims to break the silence of suffering and bring the plight of these people to public concern. Hunger Alert can be reached by email at: <hungeralert@ahrchk.net>

Individuals or organisations can send untold stories and latest information concerning those people who face hunger and related problems, or the threat of starvation, together with contact details, to Hunger Alert. Upon verification, the news will be shared with a large audience throughout the world via email networking and Web sites. The approach is modelled on the AHRC's Urgent Appeals programme (www.ahrchk.net/ua), which receives information by email at <ua@ahrchk.org>.

Read more on Hunger Alerts.

Hunger Alerts

Page INDIA: Starvation deaths occurring in Murshidabad district, West Bengal
On a recent visit to the Murshidabad district of West Bengal, colleagues of Masum were shocked to hear reports of numerous recent starvation deaths among villagers there, about which the authorities appear to be doing nothing. Some of the reports that Masum has received are as follows:
Page [Hunger Alert] GENERAL (Philippines): Soldiers burn houses, blocks food supply for over 34,000 displaced families in Maguindanao
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is writing to draw your attention to the continuing food blockade the military has imposed in Maguindanao thereby depriving over 34,000 families of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of their food rations. The military are deliberately preventing food and relief goods that relief organizations are trying to deliver by holding them at check points.
Page [Hunger Alert] UPDATE (India): Home-based treatment for the malnourished children living in remote rural area needs to be encouraged
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding two malnourished children from a human rights group based in Madhya Pradesh, Spandan Samaj Seva Samiti (Spandan). One was taken to the district hospital to get treatment while another was not. As the family live in remote rural village, they find it difficult to take the child to the district hospital which is 100 kilometres away from the village. In addition, to this if the mother takes the child to the hospital and remains with the child there is no one who can take care of the other children and do the housework in her place. The AHRC recommends that the government provide special medical care to malnourished children, not only by the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre but also by strengthening existing facilities and services in the villages.
Page UPDATE (India): Call for immediate compensation for the victims as well as a thorough investigation with punishment for the alleged perpetrators
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to inform you that action has been taken against officials found guilty of corruption and misappropriation of government funds intended for the poor in Orissa. However, to date the victims have not been granted compensation. Some village officials have been suspended or discharged from their duties but no charges have been brought against them.
Page INDIA: A Mother and her six month old child face food and health insecurity under bonded labour
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a mother and her six month old child are currently facing food and health insecurity caused by bonded labour. The family living in the Balangir district of Orissa regularly migrated to Bangalore for the last two years to earn their daily food by working in a brick kiln. They did not have any resources to survive in the village. The mother lost her first daughter in 2008 due to lack of medical care. She currently faces a similar situation that may cause serious illness to her son and herself as the brick kiln owner allegedly does not provide adequate food and health care. Despite the passage of more than ten days since the husband managed to flee from the brick kiln to make a complaint to the district administration, the family has yet to get any help. There are two other families working in the same brick kiln as bonded labourers, which are legally banned in India. The food insecurity in Balangir has been driving the poor in the village to bonded labour.
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