12 Jul 2013 | by Preethi Nallu | Armed Conflicts - Pilot Phase
The car bomb that Tuesday July 9th shook the southern suburb of Dahiyeh in Beirut, the heart of Hezbollah’s stronghold, is only one in a spate of violent attacks that indicate a spillover effect of the Syrian conflict.
The delicate balance in Lebanon’s confessional political system is tipping towards a worrying specter of becoming embroiled in sectarian warfare that plagued the country over decades of a brutal civil war.
05 Aug 2013 | by Zofeen Ebrahim | Civil Society - Original Feature
Mohammad Shehzad is among the hundreds of unwanted children who are left in Edhi Foundation’s Meethadar centre each year.
Last year alone a hundred and forty-five babies were left in their over 300 centres across Pakistan.
Over the years Shehzad has seen an increase in the number of children left at Edhi’s doorstep. He says it is due rising poverty. Birth outside of marriage, which is severely condemned in this Muslim country, is another cause.
In the last over four decades, Edhi Foundation has found homes for over 22,000 healthy babies. But many like Shehzad will always remain with the charity.
25 Jul 2013 | by Rajneesh Bhandari | Aid - Original Feature
India’s worst midday meal tragedy has cost lives of many innocent children. 23 children died while several others are hospitalised after eating the midday meal in Bihar’s Dharmasti Gandaman village earlier in July.
It was the most tragic but not the only incident of this kind. In the past, several kids got ill after eating midday meal and now many villagers don’t want to send their children to school anymore.
With the refusal to continue the midday meal by children in many schools in India, this highly ambitious program puts at stake the future of many underprivileged children.