Poor and Hungry

The famine has not been eradicated; neither have the problems.

Farmers use hand-made tools, which along with their round, wicker and thatched dwellings with no electricity nor running water, look like an Iron Age.

Women and children must walk several hours a day to bring home their family's water needs. Not just on market days, or rainy days, but every day, day after day, week after week, and months, years. Many have to drink from the same water as animals from ponds and rivers unprotected and unhygienic.

Access to safe drinking water in the country is limited. Especially in the rural areas the problem is more serious, the average consumption rate is three-to-four liters per capita against the internationally acceptable rate of 20 liters per day.

Severe food shortages compound poverty. Malnourished children suffer development problems throughout their lives - stunting and disability and complications of childhood diseases. Some 47 per cent of children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Kids have no toys, almost no stuff at all; still they find a way to play and to be playful. Unfortunately, hunger, dirty water, infectious diseases, and even AIDS are problems that these children have to face.

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