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PAKISTAN: Women's committee highlights problems facing women in quake camps

MUZAFFARABAD, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Over 30 women sitting in a tent in quake-ravaged northern Pakistan are holding up their right arms high in the air, waiting for their turn to talk. Many are clutching scraps of paper with meticulous lists written on them.Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Typhoid cases reported in south

OSH, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Almost half a dozen patients have been hospitalised in southern Kyrgyzstan with typhoid in a town near radioactive dump sites. “Eight local residents have been hospitalised over the past week in the Mailuu-Suu town in the southern province of Jalal-Abad and we have five confirmed cases," officials said.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Five ex-commanders surrender arms to DIAG

KABUL, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Five ex-commanders in Afghanistan's southwestern Paktya province voluntarily surrendered 15 mt of ammunition, as well as more than 30 light and heavy weapons, to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme, officials from the UN-backed initiative announced on Tuesday in the Afghan capital, Kabul.Full report

NEPAL: Grave danger for civilians due to the conflict

NAWALPARASI, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Kul Kumari Chapagain has not been able to sleep for over a week since she lost her 21-year-old daughter Asmita in a roadside bomb planted by the Maoist rebels.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Militants set fire to a school in southern Helmand

KABUL, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Suspected Taliban militants have set fire to a school for some 1,500 boys in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, officials confirmed on Tuesday. Full report

PAKISTAN: USAID voucher programme makes difference in quake-affected north

ISLAMABAD, 20 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - A United States Agency for International Development (USAID) voucher distribution programme has begun to improve life for villagers in the quake-ravaged Bagh district of Pakistani-administered Kashmir.Full report

PAKISTAN: Mob violence heightens insecurity among minorities

LAHORE, 20 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Huddled in a small group, three Christian men pore over the newspapers early in the morning in the congested Mozang area of Lahore. All around, vendors serve up thick, milky tea, glasses of ‘lassi’ (a yoghurt drink), greasy ‘parathas’ (flattened, fried bread) and spicy omelets.Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Landslide activity starts early in 2006

ARAVAN, 20 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - A landslide on Sunday ripped through a road linking the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh with the Aravan district, blocking traffic and destroying electricity and telephone services to the area, with no casualties reported.Full report

NEPAL: Terrorism or liberation? Life in a rebel-held village

NEPAL, 20 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - When the clock strikes four in the morning, Lambu Lama and his family rush out of their home in a Maoist stronghold of Nepal. Rebels use the storeroom at the back of Lama’s house to clean and repair small arms and construct bombs. During the day, the orchards around his hilltop house echo to the sound of rifles cracking, as new recruits are initiated in the use of weapons.Full report

NEPAL: Overview analysis: A people’s war?

NEPAL, 20 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Nepal’s brutal conflict between Maoist insurgents and security forces has exacted a heavy toll on the civilian population, especially those in contested hill districts, many of whom already live near or on the global poverty threshold.Full report


Year in Brief and Review

TURKMENISTAN: Year in Brief 2005 - A Chronology of key events

IRAN: Year in Review 2005

IRIN Asia Focuses & Interviews

NEPAL: Terrorism or liberation? Life in a rebel-held village

NEPAL: Overview analysis: A people’s war?

NEPAL: The political context of the crisis in Nepal

NEPAL: Escaping rural violence and hardship – the reality of displacement

TURKMENISTAN: Interview with United Nations Resident Representative

Related Internet Links

Afghanistan Online

The ICRC in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Reconstruction

Afghanistan Information Management Service

Conflict Prevention Initiative portal on Central Asia

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