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1. MALAWI: Shrinking lake threatens livelihoods
2. FOOD: Poor importing countries need help
3. SLIDESHOW: Combating child malnutrition in Madagascar
4. SOUTH AFRICA: Child migrants illegally imprisoned
5. SWAZILAND: Cattle die in the thousands
6. SOUTH AFRICA: Business as usual after Marikana mine violence?
7. MADAGASCAR: Children with disabilities get a second chance at school

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MALAWI: Shrinking lake threatens livelihoods



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MACHINGA, 18 September 2012 (IRIN) - Mposa Village, in south-eastern
Malawi's Machinga District, used to sit on the shores of Lake Chilwa.
Now its residents, who have long relied on the lake to earn a living,
have to walk two hours to reach its edge.
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FOOD: Poor importing countries need help



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JOHANNESBURG, 18 September 2012 (IRIN) - High cereal prices have
bloated countries' food import bills in the past decade, partly because
of export restrictions imposed by some governments that have squeezed
supply. As cereal prices begin to again climb, a new study has called
on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to take action to exempt poor
countries from other nations' export restrictions.
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SLIDESHOW: Combating child malnutrition in Madagascar



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ANTANANARIVO, 19 September 2012 (IRIN) - About half of Madagascar's
children under the age of five are stunted - the irreversible effect of
undernourishment during the first 1,000 days of life. Children who
suffer from stunting are at greater risk of illness, impaired cognitive
development and death.
Read report online

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SOUTH AFRICA: Child migrants illegally imprisoned



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JOHANNESBURG, 19 September 2012 (IRIN) - By the age of 16, Auguy Bingi*
had lost a father and a brother to the conflict in eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC), so he did not argue when his mother sent him
to join his uncle in Malawi.
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SWAZILAND: Cattle die in the thousands



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MBABANE, 20 September 2012 (IRIN) - Cold and wet weather, coupled with
overgrazing and poor animal husbandry, has been blamed for the deaths
of about 10,000 cattle in Swaziland in the past month - and has
increased fears of health risks as people scavenge carcasses for food.
Read report online

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SOUTH AFRICA: Business as usual after Marikana mine violence?



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MARIKANA, 20 September 2012 (IRIN) - Five weeks after the Marikana mine
massacre in South Africa's North West Province claimed the lives of 34
protesting workers and shocked the world, the strike that prompted the
violence has been declared over. But the incident has morphed into a
symbol of the growing chasm between those in the government, the mining
companies, and the unions leaders on the one hand and mineworkers on
the other, say the local community in Marikana, a platinum mining town
northwest of Johannesburg.
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MADAGASCAR: Children with disabilities get a second chance at school



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ANTANANARIVO, 21 September 2012 (IRIN) - It was only when her daughter,
then five years old, was playing near railway tracks in Madagascar's
capital, Antananarivo, and failed to hear the whistle of an oncoming
train that Marie Louise Rasoamanalina, 46, realized the child had
hearing difficulties.
Read report online

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