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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: <>

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 (, which receives information by email at <>.

Read more on Hunger Alerts.

Hunger Alerts

Page INDIA: Family struggles to provide for their livelihood as government continues to destroy homes in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
In 2003, the Maharashtra State Farming Corporation (MSFC) destroyed the homes of Ramesh and many of his fellow villagers. As a result of these hut demolitions, Ramesh and his family now have no home, no food and no means to provide for their own livelihoods. They struggle as casual labourers to scrounge up enough to support themselves. They also now live in constant fear that their efforts to rebuild their lives will be destroyed again by the MSFC and other authorities. In the meantime, their struggle for land continues.
Page INDIA: Suicide of two young girls who could face hunger and malnutrition no more
MASUM reports that Sundari Sardar, a 16-year-old tribal girl, was married to Dilip Biswas just three months ago. Dilip was a daily labourer working at the betel cultivation. He often went out in search of additional work and income, but regularly returned home having earned nothing. As a result, Sundari and Dilip often went without food for several days at a time and both suffered extreme hunger and malnutrition because of this.
Page UPDATE (India): NHRC and Supreme Court instruct state government to act on starvation and hunger cases
Page INDIA: Indian Red Cross ignores starvation of Kolkata evictees
Page INDIA: Intolerable delay in implementation of court ruling exacerbates hunger among Dalit community in Uttaranchal
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