March 2009
Mothers who die


50-year-old Mabinty Conteh and her 18-month-old granddaughter Isatu are from Sierra Leone. Mabinty is holding up a photo of her daughter, who died giving birth to Isatu at the age of 20. Women in Sierra Leone have a 1 in 8 lifetime chance of dying in childbirth. The risk for women in Ireland, meanwhile, is 1 in 7,600.

The gulf between the Global North and the Global South is greater on this than on any other indicator - and progress towards this Millennium Development Goal is all but non-existent. Yet, as next month's issue of the NI explains, everybody knows how these women's lives could be saved. So why the hell is nobody doing anything about it?








2 Letters

4 The heartbreak
Why are so many women still dying in childbirth? Chris Brazier explains how they could be saved.


10 Those we lost
Afghanistan has the second highest maternal mortality rate in the world. And behind every death there is a poignant story - told here by a sister, a husband and by photographer Jean Chung.

13 In memoriam
A visual memorial to the 61 mothers who die every hour, by artist Rowena Dugdale.

14 Beyond witchcraft
Pilirani Semu-Banda meets a young woman from Malawi who thought her life had been ruined by giving birth - until she heard about a simple operation.

16 Poem by Margaret Atwood
Why birth does not always mean hope.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Tibet & Guantánamo

17 Tibet: 50 years from home
It is half a century since the Dalai Lama and thousands of other Tibetans were forced into exile by the Chinese occupation. Nick Harvey talks to exiles young and old about their hopes for their country.

18 Tibetan Timeline

22 Guantánamo: Both Sides of the Wire
Rowenna Davis meets a guard and an inmate from the notorious US prison camp in Cuba.


25 Currents
Jewish voices raised against Israel's Gaza onslaught; trade union triumph in Argentina; spreading solar power across Europe.

27 Only Planet
Gort and Klaatu meet their first psychopathic killer human.

28 NI Prize Crossword
PLUS: Guest cartoonist Khalil Bendib's take on the bank bail-outs.

29 Making Waves
Nete Araujo's work is illegal - but it couldn't be more vital for homeless people in Brazil.

30 Mixed Media
Featuring a groundbreaking new film about climate change starring Pete Postlethwaite; nonfiction about debt by Margaret Atwood; a Polish novel; rap from Israel/Palestine.

32 Southern Exposure
A queue for gas, captured by Senegalese photographer Djibril Sy.

33 View from New Delhi
Urvashi Butalia learns some lessons from South Africa.

34 Essay: Facing history in Cambodia
Why Cambodians need the Khmer Rouge on trial, by Tom Fawthrop.

36 Country Profile: Malaysia





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From this month's theme

- The heartbreak (NI p4-7)

- Those we lost (NI p10-12)
- In memoriam (NI p13)
- Beyond witchcraft (NI p14-15)

From Special Features and other articles
- Tibet: 50 years from home (NI p17-21)
- Jewish voices raised against Israel's Gaza onslaugh (NI p25)
- Spreading solar power across Europe (NI p27)

- Making Waves (NI p29)

Japanese organizations at a glance reported for NI Japan
- Services for the Health in Asian & African Regions (SHARE)
- Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP)
- Embryokikin Foundation


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