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BANGLADESH: Effective systems keep diarrhoea in check even during floods
23 August 2007 (IRIN ), Appropriate technology, strong government maintenance and repair structures, and good preparedness are mitigating the humanitarian impact of perennial flooding in Bangladesh. In the latest crisis, more than 10 million people were affected and hundreds of people killed, after torrential monsoon rains battered much of Bangladesh over the past month.
AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN: Sudden return of Afghans could cause crisis, UNHCR warns
23 August 2007 (IRIN ), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called on the government of Pakistan not to close a refugee camp in its North West Frontier Province (NWFP) until spring 2008. Pakistani security forces have ordered over 100,000 Afghan refugees currently living in Jalozai camp to leave the site by 31 August.
GLOBAL: Sexing-up safer sex
23 August 2007 (IRIN ), Male delegates hunched over a crudely drawn outline of the female body, attempting to reach consensus on a woman's "places of sexual pleasure". On the other side of the conference room, female delegates marked a sketch of the male body with liberal sprinklings of heart symbols to denote his hot spots.
AFGHANISTAN: Hundreds of families displaced by fighting in Nangarhar Province
22 August 2007 (IRIN ), More than 400 families had to leave their houses in the mountainous Tora Bora area of eastern Nangarhar province after Afghan and US joint forces launched air and ground operations against armed oppositions in the area. Local officials say some of the displaced families live with their relatives and others are in bad conditions in the neighbouring Khogyani district. The displaced families say they need emergency humanitarian assistance. More in the report from IRIN’s Ghulam Rasool Hasas…
NEPAL: Traffickers exploit increased mobility of underage girls
22 August 2007 (IRIN ), Despite measures by the government and NGOs to protect girls from being trafficked, the situation has barely changed, according to activists, who said hundreds of Nepalese girls still get trafficked to India every year where they are forced into prostitution.
ASIE: « Saisir l’espoir au vol »
22 August 2007 (IRIN ), Le huitième Congrès international sur le sida en Asie et dans le Pacifique s'est ouvert dimanche à Colombo, la capitale sri-lankaise, où les participants soulignent la nécessité d’adopter des mesures afin de lutter contre une augmentation du taux de prévalence du VIH/SIDA dans la région.
AFGHANISTAN: Hundreds of families displaced by fighting in Nangarhar Province
22 August 2007 (IRIN ), Hundreds of families have been displaced by ground and aerial military operations by US and Afghan forces against insurgents in the Tora Bora area of Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan, provincial officials told IRIN on 22 August.
ASIA: Migrants find the greener grass has higher risks
22 August 2007 (IRIN ), Every year, 200,000 Sri Lankans go overseas in search of better-paying jobs to support their families. Most of them are young women who work as housemaids or in garment factories in the Middle East for around $120 a week; their remittances may help boost the finances of households and the country as a whole, but the price they pay can be even higher.
AFGHANISTAN: Women reluctant to seek marital redress through the courts
21 August 2007 (IRIN ), In many parts of war-ravaged and underdeveloped Afghanistan, where most people are illiterate, conservative traditions and customs take precedence over Afghan law when it comes to personal and family disputes. Jamila - not her real name - was 14 when she was married to Habibullah, 31, a match arranged by her father.
ASIA: "Seize the opportunities of hope"
21 August 2007 (IRIN ), The Eighth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) opened on Sunday in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, with speakers stressing the need for action to prevent a surge in the regional infection rate.

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