Razia is one of the 900,000 refugees who have fled across the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh. As a member of the Rohingya group, she has been a target for violence in her home country. Many of the refugees are living in the same conditions as Razia – no food, water, healthcare or proper shelter.
In Canada, where most families have enough to eat, it’s easy to become complacent about the idea of hunger. It’s not uncommon for people to say “I’m starving!” when they’re running late for dinner.
But in the humanitarian world, there are terms we approach with extreme caution. Starving is one of them. And famine is another.
The place my nephew was born in enables him to get excited about lessons of math and reading, about lunchboxes with sandwiches and fruit and playground games of tag.
In other corners of the world, children are not so lucky.
Eight year-old Maddy is pretty excited about back to school in Canada. In Ethiopia, the hunger crisis has stolen that joy from 10 year-old Marta.
In India, a father is one of the biggest advocates a girl can have.
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Talking to children about tragedy is a job most parents would love to avoid. If only our children did not need to hear about things like terrorist attacks, hurricanes, earthquakes and wars.
Mãe, Mère, Maji, Induk, Mama, Ammee, Mom; the word ‘mother’ in any language represents strength, love and security. And these moms are no exception!
Rahima was married at 14. Her husband wanted sons, but life became difficult as child after child passed away.
This is a real letter from 35-year-old Rahima, an Afghani mother who had given up hope when she learned her son Belal was severely malnourished.