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Gaza Under Fire – a Humanitarian Disaster

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GAZA CITY, Jul 22 (IPS) - As a result of over two weeks of Israeli bombardment, thousands of Palestinian civilians have fled their homes in the north of Gaza and sought refuge in schools run by the UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees.

Stunting: The Cruel Curse of Malnutrition in Nepal

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RASUWA, Nepal, Jul 22 (IPS) - Durga Ghimire had her first child at the age of 18 and the second at 21. As a young mother, Durga didn't really understand the importance of taking care of her own health during pregnancy.

Creating a Slum Within a Slum

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NAIROBI, Jul 22 (IPS) - At the eastern edge of Nairobi's Kibera slum, children gather with large yellow jerry cans to collect water dripping out of an exposed pipe. The high-rise grey and beige Soweto East settlement towers above them. A girl lifts the can on top of her head and returns to her family's third floor apartment.

Indigenous Communities Say Education, Funding Key to Fighting HIV/AIDS

Monday, July 21, 2014

SYDNEY, Jul 21 (IPS) - Marama Pala, hailing from Waikanae on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, was diagnosed with HIV at 22. The news of her diagnosis spread like wildfire in her tight-knit Maori community.

Refugees Living A Nightmare in Northern Pakistan

Monday, July 21, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jul 21 (IPS) - Some fled on foot, others boarded trucks along with luggage, rations and cattle. Many were separated from families, or collapsed from exhaustion along the way. They don't know where their next meal will come from, or how they will provide for their children.

Malnutrition Hits Syrians Hard as UN Authorises Cross-Border Access

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 19 (IPS) - Gaunt, haggard Syrian children begging and selling gum have become a fixture in streets of the Lebanese capital; having fled the ongoing conflict, they continue to be stalked by its effects.

Do Not GM My Food!

Friday, July 18, 2014

BERLIN, Jul 18 (IPS) - Attempts to genetically modify food staples, such as crops and cattle, to increase their nutritional value and overall performance have prompted world-wide criticism by environmental, nutritionists and agriculture experts, who say that protecting and fomenting biodiversity is a far better solution to hunger and malnutrition.

Pakistani Rights Advocates Fight Losing Battle to End Child Marriages

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LAHORE, Jul 16 (IPS) - At first glance, there is nothing very unusual about Muhammad Asif Umrani. A resident of Rojhan city located in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, he is expectantly awaiting the birth of his first child, barely a year after his wedding day.

U.N.'s New Development Goals Must Also Be Measurable for Rich

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 15 (IPS) - The United Nations is on the verge of releasing a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - perhaps 17 or more - to replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which will run out by the end of 2015.

South Sudanese Children Starving While Aid Falling Short

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 15 (IPS) - Even as aid workers are warning that children in South Sudan are falling victim to mass malnutrition, international agencies are said to be missing their fundraising goals to avert a looming famine in the country.

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