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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.
BANGLADESH: Over 4,000 primary schools closed by floods
21 August 2007 (IRIN ), While Bangladesh, a flood-prone nation of over 150 million inhabitants, emerges from some of the worst flooding in recent years, its impact on the country’s primary school sector has yet to be fully assessed. In the initial aftermath of the floods, an estimated 1.5 million children - or around 10 percent of the country’s 80,000 primary schools had been affected.
AFGHANISTAN: Domestic violence in Faryab
21 August 2007 (IRIN ), More than a hundred thousand women suffer domestic violence in northern Faryab province, according to the provincial Department of Women’s Affairs. Women rights activists believe that lack of job opportunities and addiction have made the problem worse. In a small clinic in Qaisar district 50 women are admitted each month after their husbands beat them, the local doctor told IRIN. Parwin Arezo talked to some of the women in that clinic…
ASIA: No room for transgender people in HIV funding
21 August 2007 (IRIN ), In Asia, as in many parts of the world, men who have sex with men often hide their sexual preferences for fear of being harassed by police, ostracised by their families or discriminated against by their communities.
ASIA: Injecting drug users at the interface between humaneness and the law
21 August 2007 (IRIN ), Injecting drug use is driving HIV epidemics in many parts of the Asia-Pacific region: in some countries, injecting drug users (IDUs) make up more than half of people living with the virus.
BANGLADESH: Miraj, Dhaka, “Our house floods every year, but this year was worse”
20 August 2007 (IRIN ), When the floods came this year, I did what I normally do and stacked our possessions inside our house above the water. Our house floods every year, but this year it was worse. The rains were incredible this time around.

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