Hunger - an ongoing issue in India
Many 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: <email@example.com>
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- UPDATE (India): Supreme Court instructs Uttar Pradesh government to look into severe malnutrition and starvation deaths
- GENERAL (Philippines): Landless farm labourers in Davao suffer from hunger and extreme poverty
- Mr. Faustino Balasa (age 67) living in Purok 6, Sinayawan village, Hagonoy Municipality, Davao Del Sur had to borrow PHP 300 (USD 6.3) to purchase food for his family. When he cannot buy any food, he gets some bananas from neighbours to feed his family and prepare soup for his youngest daughter, Lolita who is handicapped by birth [photo 1: Faustino's youngest daughter lying down in a hut all day long].
- INDIA: Hunger strike protester dies while demanding fairness in food distribution
- Mr. Keshaw Ram (age 28) died on 12 February 2009 during a hunger strike held in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh state (UP). He lived with his mother, his wife and two children in Shivpuri village, Pahala Block in Sitapur district of UP.
- GENERAL (India): Emergency assistance must be given to the poor living in Maharajganj district
- One hundred and thirty six Kanjar families live in slums of Jai Prakash Nagar and Indira Nagar wards of Sadar Block in Maharajganj district. The Kanjars are categorised as the Schedule Caste in India. The Scheduled caste community is considered as untouchable in India by the caste Hindus. The Kanjar community, who were once a nomadic group, has neither adequate livelihood nor adequate housing at present. They are landless and live in mud huts covered with plastic sheets which are unsafe to live in during the rainy season. This miserable situation created the several deaths in Kanjar community.
- GENERAL (India): Alleged corruption by village authorities results in lack of food and adequate housing for the poor in Uttar Pradesh
- Mr. Panna Lal Musahar belongs to the Musahar community of Mahboobpur village, Sant Ravidas Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh, India. He lives with eight family members.