INDIA: Local government ignores starving mother and her three hungry daughters in Uttar-Pradesh

INDIA: Local government ignores starving mother and her three hungry daughters in Uttar-Pradesh

Rajkumari is a 30 year-old mother of three daughters, Usha, Rita and Sangeeta. She is a dalit (scheduled caste/’untouchable’) woman with no land and lives with a physical disability. Her husband, Lal Chand recently developed a psychiatric disorder and abandoned his home. Currently, no one knows where he is and his family has lost their only source of income. Read more about INDIA: Local government ignores starving mother and her three hungry daughters in Uttar-Pradesh

PHILIPPINES: Government inaction in spite of starvation due to severe drought in Mindanao

PHILIPPINES: Government inaction in spite of starvation due to severe drought in Mindanao

At least three families of indigenous people belonging to Dulangan Manobo tribe in Kulaman Valley, Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, are presently experiencing severe starvation and hunger. They are among the 3,408 people whose crops have been destroyed by rat infestation and severe drought, which began in September 2004. Read more about PHILIPPINES: Government inaction in spite of starvation due to severe drought in Mindanao

INDIA: Tea plantation workers and their families suffer night blindness due to malnutrition in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal

INDIA: Tea plantation workers and their families suffer night blindness due to malnutrition in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal

In recent years, tea garden labourers in West Bengal have suffered from serious starvation and hunger-related problems. For the last three years, night blindness caused by malnutrition has spread rapidly in the Raimatang tea garden, in the Dooars area Jalpaiguri district. According to pharmacist Shibshankar Datta, at least 250 tea garden labourers are currently suffering from the disease. The disease is caused by the lack of nutritious foodstuff experienced by the labourers. It affects the full realization of their right to life, which the state government of West Bengal is responsible to protect. Moreover, the management of the tea garden, which is responsible to provide food to their employees, has not paid them their wages regularly, ignoring the fact that they do not have access to sufficiently nutritious food. Read more about INDIA: Tea plantation workers and their families suffer night blindness due to malnutrition in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal