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Liliana Lova Rahoaritsalamanirinarisoa – Trainee teacher, Madagascar
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Liliana Lova Rahoaritsalamanirinarisoa, 25, a single mother from the village of Ambohimanga Rova, about 24km east of Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo, is confident about the future - despite her daily struggles.
MADAGASCAR: Cyclone preparations threatened
23 November 2012 (IRIN ), A US$6.1 million funding shortfall is jeopardizing the World Food Programme’s (WFP) practice of pre-positioning relief supplies in many areas vulnerable to cyclones. The practice results in quicker response times to Madagascar’s clockwork-like natural disasters.
MADAGASCAR: Sentenced to malnutrition
21 November 2012 (IRIN ), Former gang member Robert, 62, shares a cell with 145 other inmates in Antanimora Prison in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. He receives one meal a day of dried cassava.
MADAGASCAR: Domestic violence rises as incomes fall
6 November 2012 (IRIN ), Incomes have slipped to their lowest level in a decade since Madagascar’s 2009 coup d’etat, and, in parallel, domestic violence has sharply risen.
SECURITY: Is Africa's maritime strategy all at sea?
22 October 2012 (IRIN ), The African Union’s (AU) deadline for securing the continent’s territorial waters - the world’s last major geographical region without a maritime strategy - has been set at 2050, a target that may prove untenable.
MADAGASCAR: Possible palm extinction threatens livelihoods
19 October 2012 (IRIN ), Eighty-three percent of Madagascar’s palm species - which are a vital source of both food and building materials - are threatened by extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) latest Red List of Threatened Species, published on 17 October.
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.

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