| 2012 Infant Death Toll Passes 500 at Kashmir Hospital, Asphyxiation and Negligence Blamed
by Aliya Bashir, Kashmir News Desk
SRINAGAR, KASHMIR -- More than 500 babies have died so far this year at Kashmir's main pediatric hospital. As parents recount watching their own children die, government reports indicate that lack of equipment, substandard medication, and gross negligence by doctors and staff are to blame. Parents and local citizens are demanding answers as the government investigates.
BAI KUKE, CAMEROON -- Local leaders of a large ethnic community in Cameroon say that women who die during childbirth are witches and, therefore, don't deserve proper burials. But families express shock and disdain for this practice. Health professionals promote the link between antenatal care and safe deliveries to reduce maternal deaths, while lawyers recommend taking legal action against corpse desecration.
JÉRÉMIE, HAITI -- Thousands of families in Haiti have benefitted from a six-month food distribution program. But as the initiative nears its end, many are concerned they will be without aid soon. Locals say resources would have been better spent on entrepreneurial trainings so citizens could earn money to feed themselves.
by Ro Marti, Reporter
GPI Argentina News Desk
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA -- IIllegal trade is growing in Argentina's capital, where thousands of people set down blankets and cloths throughout the city to sell everything from clothing to DVDs to lighters. The vendors say they need to support their families, but their presence creates a conflict with local business owners, pedestrians and the government.