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MADAGASCAR: A community protector called Love
28 September 2012 (IRIN ), In 2010, scores of bandits attacked Bevilany, a charcoal-producing settlement in Madagascar’s southern Anosy Region. By the time the fight was over, 11 outlaws and one ‘zamasi’ - a security guard hired by a community for protection - were dead.
MADAGASCAR: The hunt for Remenabila
24 September 2012 (IRIN ), Yvan Razafimandimby, 22, was working at the family store in the Taolagnaro neighbourhood of Anbounato, Madagascar, when two soldiers arrived to inform him that his 50-year-old father was killed by bandits.
MADAGASCAR: Children with disabilities get a second chance at school
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.
SLIDESHOW: Combating child malnutrition in Madagascar
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.
HEALTH: The "unfinished business" of lowering child mortality
13 September 2012 (IRIN ), In 1990, an estimated 12 million children around the world died under age five; by 2011, that figure had dropped to 6.9 million. The message, from a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), is that with greater commitment to child survival from governments and their partners, these figures can go lower still.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Increasing hostility towards Chinese traders
7 September 2012 (IRIN ), In the last decade, Asian migrants have fanned out through southern Africa, opening shops in small towns and rural backwaters. While consumers in countries facing increasing economic hardships have come to depend on their low prices, local shop owners complain they are being forced out of business, pressuring governments to introduce restrictions on foreign traders.
MADAGASCAR: Sex for survival
28 August 2012 (IRIN ), About one in seven residents of Madagascar’s main port city of Toamasina are sex workers.
MADAGASCAR: Half a million undiagnosed diabetics
20 July 2012 (IRIN ), An estimated one million people in Madagascar are diabetic, but only about half of them know it. Finding the other half presents a major challenge for this large, island nation in which 80 percent of the population live in rural areas where few people have ever heard of this chronic and potentially deadly disease.
Analysis: Madagascar's unforgiving bandit lands
18 July 2012 (IRIN ), It took two years for Zakamihaingo Razafindranoivo, 37, to raise US$900 to replace his two stolen zebu (Madagascar’s distinctive and prized hump-backed cattle) by selling vegetables and spices grown on his plot in Ambotragano, a village about 20km north of the capital Antananarivo.
AFRICA: AGOA uncertainty hurts textile workers
17 July 2012 (IRIN ), The livelihoods of tens of thousands of textile workers in Africa is hanging in the balance amid growing anxiety about whether a key provision of US trade legislation will be renewed before it expires in September.

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