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AFGHANISTAN: Canadians and Kandaharis differ on security and development
9 September 2007 (IRIN ), Insecurity in southern Afghanistan, particularly in the volatile province of Kandahar, is a major obstacle for humanitarian and development work in the area, aid workers and officials say. But opinions differ widely on the extent of the insecurity problem in Kandahar and the effectiveness of Canadian work there.
NÉPAL: Plus d'engagement du gouvernement dans la lutte contre les armes légères
7 September 2007 (IRIN ), Le gouvernement et les partis politiques pourraient faire bien plus pour contrôler le trafic des armes légères qui continuent de mutiler et de tuer d’innocentes personnes, ont affirmé des activistes et défenseurs des droits humains au Népal.ÉPAL-Plus-d-engagement-du-gouvernement-dans-la-lutte-contre-les-armes-légères
AFGHANISTAN: Hundreds of schools remain closed in south
6 September 2007 (IRIN ), As the new school year begins on 10 September in Afghanistan’s insurgency-hit southern provinces, there are concerns that hundreds of schools will remain closed due to insecurity.
SRI LANKA: Uneven progress in post-tsunami schools’ reconstruction
6 September 2007 (IRIN ), Fourteen-year-old Vinoka Rosari’s story is an all too common one among the civilian population in northern and eastern Sri Lanka where the decades-old conflict and the 2004 tsunami continue to affect lives. A camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Alles Garden, not far from Trincomalee, is the only home Rosari has ever known.
PAKISTAN: Government mulls new law on illegal kidney sales
5 September 2007 (IRIN ), "I came from my village, about 20km outside Lahore to sell my kidney, but I can’t find anyone to help me,” 25-year-old Haroon Ahmed said as he sat beside a busy road in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s populous Punjab Province.
AFGHANISTAN: Civilian casualties reportedly peak in August
5 September 2007 (IRIN ), One hundred and sixty-eight civilians died in armed conflicts, suicide attacks, improvised explosions and aerial bombardments in Afghanistan in August, the country’s human rights watchdog told IRIN on 4 September.
AFGHANISTAN: Deminers demand security guarantees before resuming work in Kandahar
5 September 2007 (IRIN ), Almost a month after three deminers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province, the Mine Detection Dog Center (MDC) has announced it will not resume demining activities in the volatile Kandahar and Helmand provinces unless security is guaranteed. After the killing of MDC deminers, the other mine clearance organizations have also considerably reduced their activities in the south which has increased people’s concern in Kandahar province. IRIN’s Sayed Sarwar Amani reports…
PAKISTAN: Infrastructure badly hit in flood areas
5 September 2007 (IRIN ), Aslam Khoro, a farmer in the flood-ravaged sub-district of K.N. Shah in Dadu District in the southern province of Sindh, about 350km southwest of Karachi, points in the general direction of where his village lay.
BANGLADESH: Number of diarrhoea cases stabilising
4 September 2007 (IRIN ), The number of diarrhoea cases in flood-hit Bangladesh shows signs of stabilisation, health experts on the ground say.
UZBEKISTAN: Food price rises spark sporadic protests
4 September 2007 (IRIN ), Sharp increases in the prices of basic foodstuffs are causing discontent and sporadic protests in Uzbekistan, say rights activists.

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