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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.
PAKISTAN: Livelihoods at stake as flood-affected areas struggle to recover
27 August 2007 (IRIN ), Almost two months after heavy monsoon rains and a cyclone, life has not returned to normal in the Pakistan's south and southwest. According to the UN and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), more than 400 people died, some 2.5 million were affected and close to 380,000 people were displaced by the floods in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.
NEPAL: Strikes hampering aid deliveries to flood victims
27 August 2007 (IRIN ), Strikes and political violence in southern Nepal have been hampering efforts by aid workers to distribute aid to flood victims, said officials from the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) on 26 August.
BANGLADESH: Flood waters recede, but challenges remain
27 August 2007 (IRIN ), Flood waters continue to recede in monsoon-hit Bangladesh, leaving behind immense challenges in terms of crop and infrastructure damage, and the delivery of health services and food aid.
AFGHANISTAN: Afghan opium production soars to record levels
27 August 2007 (IRIN ), Opium production in Afghanistan increased by 17 percent in 2007, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on 27 August. "No other country in the world has ever produced narcotics on such a deadly scale," said the Afghanistan Opium Survey 2007, an annual assessment prepared by UNODC and the government of Afghanistan.
PAKISTAN: IDPs in worst flood-hit areas struggle to cope
26 August 2007 (IRIN ), According to the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), heavy rains and a cyclone displaced more than 377,000 people in Sindh and neighbouring Balochistan. Dadu district in Sindh and Jhal Magsi district in Balochistan are the worst-affected areas, aid workers say.
SRI LANKA: Religious feast prompts brief lull in escalating conflict
24 August 2007 (IRIN ), Uliyankulam, a key checkpoint along the line of control that separates Sri Lankan government-controlled areas from those held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), only gets about 1,600 people passing through per week.
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.

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