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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.
NEPAL: Activists demand new laws enabling equal access to water
20 August 2007 (IRIN ), For 40-year-old Parbati Shrestha and her family, it is an everyday struggle to find drinking water. She often has to skip her daily wage job to spend hours walking to, and queuing at, a public tap used by hundreds of villagers.
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: Self immolation cases increase
20 August 2007 (IRIN ), This year the number of women’s self immolation cases has increased in some provinces of the country including Balkh province. Health officials in Balkh province say self immolation cases during the first month of current year climbed to 20 while last year there were only 5 cases. According to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and Ministry of Women’s Affairs, over the past 6 months 250 cases of women’s suicide which includes self immolations have been registered in all provinces. IRIN’s Maryam Khoshi interviewed some self immolation victims in Mazaar-I-Sharif for this report…
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.

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