Battling starvation during COVID-19: Struggle for survival intensifies for tribal families in Maharashtra's Palghar -Parth MN
In April 2020, 2,186 children in Palghar fell under the moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) category. In June 2020, that number marginally went up to 2,225. In Jawhar taluka, it increased from 600 to 682 in two months – a rise of 13.6%
Suresh Kawa, 31, stops just short of using the word “burden” for his nine-year-old son. No father would do that.
“But we toiled to arrange meals for two people earlier,” he says. “We now have to do it for three. It is particularly difficult in the middle of a lockdown.”
Suresh’s son, Sainath, studies in a tribal residential school in Maharashtra’s Palghar district. Usually, he only spends summer and Diwali vacations at home. However, the residential schools for tribal students in Maharashtra are shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Sainath is back with his parents indefinitely.
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Firstpost.com, 25 August, 2020, https://www.firstpost.com/india/battling-starvation-malnutrition-during-covid-19-struggle-for-survival-intensifies-for-tribal-families-in-maharashtras-palghar-8748551.html