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ASIA: "Seize the opportunities of hope"
20 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.
AFGHANISTAN: Dealing with the Taliban on humanitarian issues
19 August 2007 (IRIN ), Unlike big international aid organisations in Afghanistan, young volunteers working for the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) in central Ghazni Province are easily able to reach and assist needy people.
AFGHANISTAN: Absent husbands leave behind desperate women and children
19 August 2007 (IRIN ), Thousands of Afghan women abandoned by their husbands head a difficult life in Faryab Province, north of Afghanistan, according to provincial officials. Many young Afghan men who left their country during long years of strife in the country, due to prevalent insecurity and unemployment, have not returned to home to restart their role as guardians of their wives and children. IRIN’s Parwin Arezo reports from provincial capital Maimana.
BANGLADESH: Health services “coping” in battle against diarrhoea
17 August 2007 (IRIN ), At first glance, the scene outside the hospital in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, looks like a war zone as one patient after another is rushed in on a stretcher.
SRI LANKA: Taking the long route home
17 August 2007 (IRIN ), Joseph Ponnaraja, aged 22 and a father of three, does not have the faintest idea where he and his family, who have been displaced for just over a year, will finally end up living.
AFGHANISTAN: UN highlights conflict’s impact on civilians
16 August 2007 (IRIN ), Armed conflict in Afghanistan has not only caused hundreds of civilian deaths but has also had a negative impact on many aspects of people’s lives, according to a senior UN official.
BANGLADESH: Government says flood conditions stabilising
16 August 2007 (IRIN ), Flood conditions in Bangladesh show signs of stabilising after weeks of heavy rain wreaked havoc on the country, leaving over 300 dead and hundreds of thousands homeless, according to the government.
NEPAL: Flood victims face disease, food shortages
16 August 2007 (IRIN ), Hundreds of families in the country’s flood-hit mainly lowland areas adjacent to the border with India continue to suffer from displacement, food shortages and disease, said aid workers.
PAKISTAN: Tenants clamour for rights in quake-affected Allai
15 August 2007 (IRIN ), Located in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP), most of Allai's 150,000 inhabitants are tenants - tilling plots of land along steep mountainsides in exchange for permission from landlords to build a shelter on the land and to get a share of the food, often a small percentage of the produce grown on the land.
AFGHANISTAN-IRAN: Afghan deportees complain of lack of aid
14 August 2007 (IRIN ), Two months after their forced deportation from Iran, Afghan citizen Mohammad Alim and his six-member family still have an unsettled life in Herat Province, western Afghanistan. Since April, some 200,000 Afghans living in Iran illegally have been deported to their home country, according to the Afghan government.

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