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NUTRITION: A sweet potato a day… | IRIN Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 29 November 2011 (IRIN) – A helping of an orange coloured sweet potato just twice a week could save lives in Mozambique. This is no ordinary sweet potato – it has been bred to have a high beta-carotene content, a compound rich in vitamin A, which is found naturally in the root, hence the more intense orange colour. The ...

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YEMEN: Political upheaval likely to increase child labour | IRIN Middle East

HAJJAH, 6 October 2011 (IRIN) – More parents are likely to put their children to work amid the upheaval caused by months of anti-government protests in Yemen, government and aid sources say. Yemen is already home to one million child labourers, mostly employed in the fishing industry or agriculture, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour’s Child Labour ...

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PAKISTAN: Unsafe water kills 250,000 children a year | IRIN Asia

After several weeks of severe sickness, with unrelenting diarrhoea and high fever, Shamshad Ali, aged five, from a village near the town of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province, finally feels strong enough to venture out of his house again. “For a few days, when he was really sick and weak and could not even keep liquids down, we thought we might ...

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SUDAN: Managing the great trek southwards | IRIN Africa

KHARTOUM/KOSTI, 10 March 2011 (IRIN) – Southern Sudanese living in the North are on the move. More than 249,000 have left since October 2010, and thousands more continue the trek southwards, filled with hope and excitement at the prospect of starting life in their new country. The mammoth task of moving so many people – by bus, on barges along ...

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COTE D’IVOIRE: The north unplugged | IRIN Africa

DAKAR, 2 March 2011 (IRIN) – In northern Côte d’Ivoire vaccines are going bad, taps are dry and the families of women in labour are ferrying buckets of water to hospital, three days after the government of Laurent Gbagbo ordered power cut in the region. Electricity went out on the morning of 28 February in the territory held by the ...

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