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January 6, 1991
In spite of the grim facts and statistics you reported in your article "Holes Seen in Safety Net for County's Children" (Dec. 20), I am glad you gave them the coverage and space they deserve. As a volunteer who spent many hours working on last September's "Candlelight Vigil for Children" to herald the first World Summit for Children, I stand firmly behind our government keeping its commitment to all the world's children, including those in Orange County. We must continue to build "a constituency for children" to monitor our government's program on the seven goals for children to be reached by the year 2000.
September 15, 1988
Szulc concludes that better quality of life will be achieved through the grass-roots efforts of rural Indians themselves. I share this view and would like to see more of our own development aid directed toward helping the poor to help themselves. UNICEF's work provides an inspiring example. When parents are mobilized to help their own children, as in UNICEF's worldwide immunization campaigns, they witness the link between immunization and the health of their children, between truly generous outside help and the improvements they can make in their own lives.
November 3, 2013
Re "Afghan projects may lose oversight," Oct. 30 The article overlooks Afghanistan's development progress as it breezes over USAID's rigorous oversight of our projects worldwide. In the last 10 years, Afghans have seen a 20-year increase in life expectancy and a 62% decrease in child mortality. A decade ago, female education was banned in Afghanistan. Now, almost 3 million girls attend school. Americans can be proud of their contribution to those achievements. Furthermore, allegations of widespread waste and mismanagement are unfounded.
April 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Tepperman
KIGALI, Rwanda - Twenty years ago Monday, the state of Rwanda set about trying to hack itself out of existence. Starting on April 7, 1994, Hutu extremists, in a premeditated 100-day campaign, systematically butchered close to 1 million Tutsis - three-quarters of all those in the country - as well as moderate Hutus, driving countless more into exile. Yet two decades later, Rwanda is very much alive; indeed, in many respects, it's thriving. But it remains a confounding place. Visit the country today and you find a remarkably peaceful and well-ordered land.
December 16, 2007 | By Charles Piller and Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
A neighbor shaved Matsepang Nyoba's head with an antiquated razor. Blood beaded on her scalp. Tears trickled down her cheeks, but not because of the pain. She was in mourning, and this was a ritual. Two days earlier, her newborn baby girl had died in the roach-infested maternity ward of Queen Elizabeth II, a crumbling sprawl that is the largest hospital in Lesotho, a mountainous nation of 2.1 million people surrounded by South Africa. Nyoba, 30, whose given name means "mother, have hope," has AIDS.
December 20, 2007 | Charles Piller and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
In a statement posted on its website, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has challenged portions of a Los Angeles Times article about Global Fund efforts in Africa. The Times report, published Sunday, said the Global Fund and other programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have had a mixed effect on key measures of societal health in sub-Saharan Africa.
July 22, 1986
It was hard to keep from crying after reading Marjorie Miller's sad article (July 7) about the economic problems the people of Nicaragua are suffering. I remember well how, only a few years ago, the whole world looked at what was happening in Nicaragua as a model for developing nations. Child mortality was lessened. Illiteracy was fading away. Somewhere in the midst of this progress the United States decided because democracy, as we know it, wasn't being practiced--and because Cubans and Soviets were in the area--the social strides made by the Sandinistas were invalid.
November 30, 2001 | From Associated Press
Nearly 18 million children are living in poverty in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, despite 10 years of growing economies in the region, the U.N. Children's Fund said Thursday. The vast majority of poor children--16 million--live in former Soviet countries, UNICEF said in its 192-page report, "A Decade of Transition." In Moldova and Tajikistan, nearly three-quarters of children live on less than $2.15 a day--a World Bank yardstick for poverty.
September 27, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed Wednesday on the need to work jointly to fight narcotics trafficking, terrorism and a resurgent Taliban, and on the necessity of international help with energy needs, a White House official said. The two, in New York for the annual gathering of the U.N. General Assembly, met for about 30 minutes at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Bush used the session for an update on conditions in Afghanistan six years after the U.S.
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