Hunger: Attappady's silent killer

Is this simple gruel enough for this child? Malnutrition is the major cause for premature births as well as deaths of infants in Attappady in Kerala. Yet, even the very few anganwadis in the region are providing only this gruel to children.
Due to acute malnutrition in the region, premature births and infant deaths have become a routine in Attappady. Photo shows children at South Kadampara tribal hamlet in Sholayur gram panchayat, Attappady. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
With pre-natal care unheard of among Attappady’s tribals, premature births and subsequent deaths have become prevalent among them. Photo shows pregnant women at an anganwadi in South Kadampara tribal hamlet, Attappady. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
Three mothers who lost their month-old babies due to malnutrition at Nellipathy Ooru in Attappady. The health care system in Kerala is yet to take preventive measures. Photo: The Hindu
Ponnamma and Maruthan still seek a reason for the death of their twins. The couple said doctors asked them to leave the hospital soon after the babies died. It was the second time the couple lost their babies due to malnutrition. Photo: The Hindu
The panchyat tap at Nellipathy ooru in Attappady has not yet turned a drop of water to the tribals. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat.
Greenery around a rough terrain symbolises the grit of tribals to survive amid apathy. A home near the Edavanni foothills in Attappady. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
A tribal who lost acres of his land in the name of development recall the assurances given to him years ago. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
Tribals of Attappady hold a protest before the State Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. They were demanding revival of eco-friendly development activites under Attappady Hill Area Development Society. Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar
Chief Minister Ommen Chandy meets students from various Attappady tribal schools in Thiruvananthapuram. The students were visiting the State capital on a study tour. Photo: S. Gopakumar
Then Chief Minister Achuthanandan greets a tribal woman from Attappady at a function at Palakkad after handing key to a government-constructed house. Photo: H. Vibhu

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