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India: Home to One in Three Child Brides

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW DELHI, Aug 20 (IPS) - Basanti Rani*, a 33-year-old farmers' wife from the northern Indian state of Haryana, recently withdrew her 15-year-old daughter Paru from school in order to marry her off to a 40-year-old man.

Can Land Rights and Education Save an Ancient Indian Tribe?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MALKANGIRI, India, Aug 19 (IPS) - Scattered across 31 remote hilltop villages on a mountain range that towers 1,500 to 4,000 feet above sea level, in the Malkangiri district of India's eastern Odisha state, the Upper Bonda people are considered one of this country's most ancient tribes, having barely altered their lifestyle in over a thousand years.

TB Epidemic Threat Hangs Over Ukraine Conflict

Sunday, August 17, 2014

KIEV, Aug 17 (IPS) - Doctors are warning of a worsening tuberculosis epidemic in Eastern Ukraine as the continuing conflict there begins to take a heavy toll on public health.

Burning the Future of Gaza’s Children

Saturday, August 16, 2014

GAZA CITY, Aug 16 (IPS) - "My child became blind and lost the ability to speak, his dad died and his three brothers are seriously wounded. He still has not been told about the loss of his dad," says the mother of 7-year-old Mohamad Badran. 

Abuse of Older Women Overlooked and Underreported

Thursday, August 14, 2014

u, Aug 14 (IPS) - A veteran women's rights activist, Patricia Brownell was still taken aback by the prevalence of abuse against older women she discovered during dozens of conversations she and her colleagues had with victims.

One Woman’s Struggle to Find the Right Contraceptive

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NAIROBI, Aug 14 (IPS) - Beatrice Njeri had just come home from her job as a janitor at a primary school in Nairobi. It was August 2009.

Putting the Littlest Disaster Victims on the Caribbean’s Climate Agenda

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 12 (IPS) - Children are often the forgotten ones when policy-makers map out strategies to deal with climate change, even as they are least capable of fending for themselves in times of trouble.

Aleppo Struggles to Provide for Basic Needs as Regime Closes In

Monday, August 11, 2014

ALEPPO, Syria, Aug 11 (IPS) - The single, heavily damaged supply road remaining into the rebel-held, eastern area of the city is acutely exposed to enemy fire.

Nepal’s Poor Live in the Shadow of Natural Disasters

Monday, August 11, 2014

BANKE, Nepal, Aug 11 (IPS) - Barely 100 km north of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, the settlement of Jure, which forms part of the village of Mankha, has become a tragic example of how the country's poorest rural communities are the first and worst victims of natural disasters.

Egypt’s Poor Easy Victims of Quack Medicine

Sunday, August 10, 2014

CAIRO, Aug 10 (IPS) - Magda Ibrahim first learnt that she had endometrial cancer when she went to a clinic to diagnose recurring bladder pain and an abnormal menstrual discharge. Unable to afford the recommended hospital treatment, the uninsured 53-year-old widow turned to what she hoped would be a quicker and cheaper therapy.

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