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BANGLADESH: Floods and erosion destroy schools
22 October 2007 (IRIN ), By Bangladeshi standards, the Banari Multilateral School is very old. More than 500 students from nearby villages are enrolled, mostly from very poor families, their parents being fishermen or agricultural labourers, with only a handful having small plots of land.
AFGHANISTAN: ICRC warns of growing humanitarian emergency
21 October 2007 (IRIN ), Intensifying armed conflict has restricted independent humanitarian access and has caused a complex humanitarian emergency in huge swathes of already impoverished Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned.
PAKISTAN: Thousands displaced by renewed fighting in Waziristan
21 October 2007 (IRIN ), After over a week of fierce fighting in and around the town of Mirali, in Pakistan’s tribal North Waziristan Agency, lying along the country’s mountainous north-western border with Afghanistan, some semblance of normal life is returning slowly.
NEPAL: Displaced hill Nepalese gradually returning home
18 October 2007 (IRIN ), For the first time since 1999, Akal Bahadur Shahi is able to celebrate Dasain - the most important festival for Hindus in Nepal - in his remote Kalikakhetu village, Jumla District, nearly 700km northwest of the capital, Kathmandu.
BANGLADESH: Flood migrants pour into Dhaka
18 October 2007 (IRIN ), Forty-seven year old Mohammad Munaf Majhi looks 10 years older than his age. His wrinkled face and desperate look suggest that not all is well with him.
PAKISTAN: Lack of healthcare access keeps child mortality high in Balochistan
17 October 2007 (IRIN ), Sandra Bisin, a spokeswoman for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the capital, Islamabad, told IRIN: "Child mortality is high in Balochistan, with about 16 out of 100 children dying before their fifth birthday." She explained that in the rest of Pakistan "it is nearly 10 out of 100 children that die" before reaching the age of five.
BANGLADESH: Tornado season begins in earnest
17 October 2007 (IRIN ), A spate of deadly tornadoes has struck parts of Bangladesh following this year’s annual monsoon season. On 15 October three tornadoes tore through the southern districts of Barisal, Gopalganj and Bhola, killing seven people and destroying over 500 houses. According to the United News of Bangladesh news service, at least 3,000 people were left homeless.
AFGHANISTAN: More executions scheduled amid growing calls for death penalty moratorium
17 October 2007 (IRIN ), Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to sign in the near future the death warrants of about 30 prisoners indicted for various crimes by the country's Supreme Court, Abdul Rasheed Rashid, a member of the Supreme Court Council, told IRIN in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on 17 October.
AFGHANISTAN: Widespread child marriage blamed for domestic violence
16 October 2007 (IRIN ), Fifteen-year-old Razia (not her real name) has been imprisoned in Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan, for escaping from her husband's house and eloping with another man.
SRI LANKA: UN’s Louise Arbour concerned about human rights violations
15 October 2007 (IRIN ), M. Malaravan, a young doctor from the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, has been trying to wake up from a terrible, 10-month nightmare: Since 15 December 2006, he has been searching frantically for his father-in-law who went missing after attending an academic conference in Colombo.

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