Archive for March 31st, 2019

31/03/2019

‘Race against Time’ to Help Women Who Bore Brunt of Cyclone Idai as They Tried to Save Their Households and Livelihoods

Human Wrongs Watch

As the full extent of destruction caused by Cyclone Idai across southern Africa continues to be assessed, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Wednesday [27 March 2019] it was in “a race against time” to protect women who bore the brunt of the storm as they tried to save their households and livelihoods. 

OCHA/Rita Maingi | Displaced women and their babies in Beira, the port city in Mozambique that was slammed by Cyclone Idai.
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UNFPA Representative in Mozambique, Andrea Wojnar, said their main challenge was “to provide women and adolescent girls, especially those who are pregnant and lactating, with lifesaving sexual and reproductive health services”.
31/03/2019

“Crossing the River” to a Safe Delivery in Rural Cambodia

Human Wrongs Watch

KANTUOT VILLAGE, Cambodia, 29 March 2019 (UNFPA)*  – When Bora was pregnant with her fifth child, she prepared to “cross the river.”

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Bora safely gave birth, but she faced complications after the delivery. © UNFPA Cambodia
Bora safely gave birth, but she faced complications after the delivery. © UNFPA Cambodia

In the Khmer language, “crossing the river” is a way to describe childbirth, meaning a journey that should go smoothly but could just as easily go wrong.

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31/03/2019

Food for Thought: India Losing the Battle against Hunger

Human Wrongs Watch

By Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service*

India produces enough food to meet the needs of its entire population, and has at its disposal arable land that has the potential to produce food surplus for export. Yet, it is unable to feed millions of its people, especially women and children. India has slipped further to the 103rd position among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index 2018.

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Moin Qazi

India’s GHI ranking was 63 for 2013; 55 for 2014; 80 for 2015; 97 for 2016; and 100 for 2017. According to the report, India is among the 45 countries that have “serious levels of hunger”.

Imagine a land mass greater than China. Now imagine that land is only used to produce food.

Then suppose all the crops and produce from those 2.5bn acres are not eaten and left to rot. Imagine all of that – and you get an idea of the amount of food the world wastes every year.

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31/03/2019

Tusk Calls Crisis Summit after MPs Nix Brexit Deal a Third Time

Donald Tusk wasted no time in confirming there will be an crisis summit on 10 April. [Photo: Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock]

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31/03/2019

Brexit. When Are We Going to Stop Distracting Ourselves with the “Kingdom of the Secondary?”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jon Swinden – Pressenza London*

The issue from the beginning has been democracy. Real democracy vs formal democracy.

Brexit. When are we going to stop distracting ourselves with the “kingdom of the secondary?”
(Image by Jon Swinden, Street graffiti)
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