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PAKISTAN: NGOs suspend operations in quake-hit Battagram
31 October 2007 (IRIN ), NGOs working in Pakistan's quake-affected Battagram district have suspended operations after attacks on aid workers.
AFGHANISTAN: Disarmament programme extended
31 October 2007 (IRIN ), The government of Afghanistan has extended its programme to disband all illegal armed groups by four years, according to officials.
AFGHANISTAN: Women workers exposed to health risks in Herat factories
30 October 2007 (IRIN ), The Safi fur and wool factory, in Herat city, western Afghanistan, has more than 350 female and 300 male workers who earn only 300 Afghanis (US$6) for their 48-hour, six-day week. The factory produces coats, jackets, hats and other garments for the European and North American markets. There are more than 1,500 women working in four such factories in Herat city.
NEPAL: Bhutanese refugee children want new lives
30 October 2007 (IRIN ), Basudev Osti, a 17-year-old Bhutanese citizen, grew up in the refugee camp of Khudanabari in Jhapa district, about 500km east of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. "My dream is to be liberated from my state as a refugee...” Osti said.
AFGHANISTAN: UN warns of humanitarian crisis in inaccessible areas
29 October 2007 (IRIN ), The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan, Tom Koenigs, and the head of World Food Programme (WFP) mission have warned of humanitarian crises in some parts of the country if food is not delivered before winter.
PAKISTAN: Polio vaccination campaign put off in conflict-hit Swat
29 October 2007 (IRIN ), Efforts to immunise 350,000 children against polio in Pakistan’s Swat Valley have been put on hold due to ongoing violence in the area.
AFGHANISTAN: Abdul Bari, Afghanistan: “I go to school risking my life and my parents’ lives”
28 October 2007 (IRIN ), After the Taliban burnt a school in our village and told villagers to send their children to Madrasas in Pakistan for their education, my father sent us to Lashkargah to continue our studies.
AFGHANISTAN: 30% Helmand schools close in 1 month
27 October 2007 (IRIN ), In Helmand province over 30,000 students who were going to schools last year, have not attended schools in 2007. Officials from Helmand’s education department say that attacks on teachers and schools are among the main reasons for this decline. By the beginning of the new education year in October, 91 schools were open in the province, but within one month the number dropped to 63. As a result hundreds of students from other districts of the province have come to the capital, Lashkargah, to attend schools. As IRIN’s Aziz Ahmad Tasal reports this is causing many problems.
PAKISTAN: Education the first casualty in Swat
26 October 2007 (IRIN ), Teachers and educators working in Pakistan’s Swat valley have expressed concern over growing insecurity in the area, after a fresh round of violence hit the once idyllic valley in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
NEPAL: Danger of more deaths due to diarrhoea outbreak
25 October 2007 (IRIN ), Health workers are increasingly concerned about the risk of a diarrhoea outbreak in the hills and southern plains of Nepal if adequate medical supplies, health assistance and sanitation are not provided.

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