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AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN: Jalozai refugee camp wins temporary reprieve
3 September 2007 (IRIN ), Thousands of Afghans living in Pakistan’s largest refugee camp have won a temporary reprieve after an official closure date set by Islamabad was postponed by about six months.
NEPAL: WHO concerned at increasing risk of post-flood diseases
3 September 2007 (IRIN ), The UN World Health Organization (WHO) in Nepal in a new report has said it is concerned about the increasing risk of diarrhoeal and vector-borne diseases in the country due to recent floods and landslides.
NEPAL: Government urged to do more to curb small arms
2 September 2007 (IRIN ), Activists and human rights campaigners in Nepal believe the government and political parties could do more to control small arms, which continue to maim and kill innocent people.
PAKISTAN: Women, children at increased risk in flood-affected areas
2 September 2007 (IRIN ), Since heavy tropical rains and a cyclone struck southern and southwestern Pakistan in late June, killing 400, displacing nearly 400,000 and adversely affecting 2.5 million people, the intervening two months have steadily seen the situation, especially for women and children, go from bad to the verge of becoming "much worse", relief and aid agency officials say.
PAKISTAN: Shelter most pressing issue in flood-affected area
30 August 2007 (IRIN ), Two months after floods caused by heavy tropical rains displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan provinces, shelter is the most urgent issue in the affected area, flood victims and aid workers say.
AFGHANISTAN: Deminers demand security guarantees before resuming work in Kandahar
30 August 2007 (IRIN ), Less than a month after three deminers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan, the Mine Detection Dog Centre (MDC) has announced it will not resume demining activities in the volatile Kandahar and Helmand provinces unless security is guaranteed.
NEPAL: Business community bemoans worsening security situation
29 August 2007 (IRIN ), Nepal's business community has expressed concern over the worsening security situation: industries and factories are closing down owing to constant protests, strikes, threats and extortion by former Maoist rebels and pro-Madhesi groups in the Terai region of southern Nepal.
BANGLADESH: Flood victims face rising food prices
28 August 2007 (IRIN ), In line with international commodity prices and rising fuel costs, food prices in Bangladesh are already prohibitively high. But the floods - some of the worst in recent years - have exacerbated the situation. Basic cereal prices over the last three weeks have risen by up to of 22 percent in some places.
INDONESIA: Female condom programme falters
28 August 2007 (IRIN ), Ningsih, 22, was taken aback when she was handed a pack of two female condoms in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, but was even more surprised when she opened one. Measuring 17cm long and 7cm in diameter with a sponge attached inside, the female condom is indeed large compared to a male condom.
AFGHANISTAN: Benazir, Afghanistan, “I was sold four times”
27 August 2007 (IRIN ), I had lived for more than nine years with my first husband and had four children from him when he decided to sell me to Qabayels [tribal groups living on the Pakistani side of the border]. He was a landlord who made money from his farms. I don’t know how much I was sold for.

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