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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 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.
Page 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.
Page 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.
Page 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.
Page PHILIPPINES: Starvation and hunger threaten hundreds of displaced villagers following intense fighting in Maguindanao, Mindanao
Hundreds of villagers in Barangay Ahan, Guindulungan, Maguindanao are facing threats of starvation and hunger after they were unable to harvest their crops when fighting between soldiers and bandits broke out in early July this year. Out of desperation, the villagers also refused to leave their homes and farms despite the sporadic air strikes and mortar shelling, for they feared that should they leave, they would have no available means to provide for their livelihoods.
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