Archive for the ‘poverty’ Category

Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry in Hurley, Va. Poverty in the coal-mining region is 29 percent, twice the national average. Unemployment is also high, and younger families are moving out.

Pantries in southwest Virginia — where poverty is rampant and coal jobs are vanishing — will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

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Women who say they have not been fed for five days line up for food in Aug. 2016 at the Bakassi camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Oxfam calls the level of inequality in the country “obscene.” The disparity is only growing, the charity says, in light of what it describes as the misallocation of the country’s resources.

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A typical meal in the Democratic Republic of Congo consists of greens, fufu - a starchy ball made from cassava flour - and meat, such as freshwater fish.

Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people’s main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.

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China says it has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty. But who’s doing the lifting? And why use the term ‘lifting’ in the first place?

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Congressman Danny Davis is a Democrat representing Illinois’s 7th District, which includes some Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence. His own grandson was shot and killed last November.

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We look at the remarkable findings from a new study of Kenya’s M-PESA system, out in ‘Science.’

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The high cost of child care is a strain for many families in the U.S., yet child care workers average less than $10 an hour. This strain on workers hurts babies and toddlers, too, researchers say.

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