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AFGHANISTAN: Civilian casualties reportedly peak in August
5 September 2007 (IRIN ), One hundred and sixty-eight civilians died in armed conflicts, suicide attacks, improvised explosions and aerial bombardments in Afghanistan in August, the country’s human rights watchdog told IRIN on 4 September.
AFGHANISTAN: Deminers demand security guarantees before resuming work in Kandahar
5 September 2007 (IRIN ), Almost a month after three deminers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province, the Mine Detection Dog Center (MDC) has announced it will not resume demining activities in the volatile Kandahar and Helmand provinces unless security is guaranteed. After the killing of MDC deminers, the other mine clearance organizations have also considerably reduced their activities in the south which has increased people’s concern in Kandahar province. IRIN’s Sayed Sarwar Amani reports…
PAKISTAN: Infrastructure badly hit in flood areas
5 September 2007 (IRIN ), Aslam Khoro, a farmer in the flood-ravaged sub-district of K.N. Shah in Dadu District in the southern province of Sindh, about 350km southwest of Karachi, points in the general direction of where his village lay.
BANGLADESH: Number of diarrhoea cases stabilising
4 September 2007 (IRIN ), The number of diarrhoea cases in flood-hit Bangladesh shows signs of stabilisation, health experts on the ground say.
UZBEKISTAN: Food price rises spark sporadic protests
4 September 2007 (IRIN ), Sharp increases in the prices of basic foodstuffs are causing discontent and sporadic protests in Uzbekistan, say rights activists.
AFGHANISTAN: Opium production, addiction soar in Helmand Province
4 September 2007 (IRIN ), Nazar Mohammad was brought to Wadan Rehabilitation Centre (WRC) - a drug addiction treatment and counselling facility in southern Afghanistan - by his father three days ago. The 16-year-old is addicted to opium, which his father cultivates on their farm in southern Helmand Province.
NEPAL: Traffickers exploit increased mobility of underage girls
4 September 2007 (IRIN ), Sixteen-year-old Sushma does not want to reveal her true identity for fear that the traffickers who sold her into the notorious brothel area of Kamathipura in Mumbai, India, could track her down and kill her.
SRI LANKA: Orphanages used as last resort by parents of 19,000 children
3 September 2007 (IRIN ), Thirteen-year-old Kumuduni Perera (not her real name) was found outside the Suvasetha orphanage in Panadura town, Kalutara District, when she was just two months old. The authorities from the orphanage believe Kumuduni was left at the entrance early one morning by one of her relatives who has not visited her since. Raised in the orphanage, Kumuduni says that some day she hopes to find her parents.
AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN: Jalozai refugee camp wins temporary reprieve
3 September 2007 (IRIN ), Thousands of Afghans living in Pakistan’s largest refugee camp have won a temporary reprieve after an official closure date set by Islamabad was postponed by about six months.
NEPAL: WHO concerned at increasing risk of post-flood diseases
3 September 2007 (IRIN ), The UN World Health Organization (WHO) in Nepal in a new report has said it is concerned about the increasing risk of diarrhoeal and vector-borne diseases in the country due to recent floods and landslides.

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