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Minority Groups Stand Up For Rights To Land And Natural Resources In Cambodia

In Cambodia’s northern-most province of Ratanakiri, Sap Lan shows visitors her rice field. The indigenous Kavet woman says that normally by this time the plants are up to her waist. Late rainfall in 2010 meant her rice plants barely reached her ankle. She  counted on harvesting wild fruits and vegetables from the surrounding forest for food and to earn money to buy rice.

A Long Way From Home

“Some people don’t even have a home, mom!”

This was the response scribbled by my 19-year-old daughter on a note I left asking her to clean up the house.  I had written, “This house has been such a mess, I’m starting to dread coming home,” scolding my family for not being tidier.

Hard to believe she had to remind her humanitarian-aid-writer mother that I should be thankful just to have a home. But she’s right. In fact, millions of people don’t have a home; many through no fault of their own.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Reflects On U.S. Media, Women's Role

Amy Ellis Nutt is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and enterprise writer at Newark’s Star Ledger. She is the author of Shadows Bright as Glass: the Remarkable Story of One Man’s Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her in-depth investigative reporting on the still unexplained sinking of a fishing boat off the coast of Cape May in 2009, which killed six crew members. She is the recipient of the 2011 Women of Concern Leadership Award sponsored by Concern Worldwide US, the international humanitarian organization.

Mothers Fight Back In Malawi

As the hot, dry breeze wafts through the lakeside district of Nkhotakota, Malawi, a group of women sing as they take turns to water their near-ripe crop of maize. Further downstream, another group is busy making seed beds in preparation for another crop.

Overcoming the Challenges of Breastfeeding

“When I was pregnant with my first daughter,” said Dima Zayat, ANERA’s Medical In-Kind Program Coordinator in Lebanon, “I read a lot about the benefits of breastfeeding and decided to do it. But, when I gave birth, many factors made it difficult and I was very disappointed.”

Dima’s difficulties in breastfeeding her first child are not unique. Hospital regulations, lack of community and family support, and a shortage of-well trained nurses are a few factors that may discourage women from breastfeeding.

Children With Disabilities In Niger To Receive Food Assistance

It is often said that children suffer the most from food insecurity. While this is true, there is another group that suffers even more hardship – impoverished children with disabilities. In Niger, this is particularly acute in the capital of Niamey since most food security initiatives focus on rural areas.

Reversing the Tide of School Drop-Outs in Malawi

In Mtumba village in the Nsanje district in Malawi, the traditional practice of girls leaving school to get married has created a vicious cycle of illiteracy among girls. In a community of about 1,500, just three girls have completed their primary school education and they are now married too.

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