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GLOBAL: Tomorrow's Crises Today: The Humanitarian Impact of Urbanisation - Overview


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A young girl carries a bag of recyclable items she has found while rummaging through piles of rubbish in the neighborhood of Manchiat Nasser, Cairo, Egypt, March 2007.
NAIROBI, 5 September 2007 (IRIN In-Depth) - Somewhere, some time this year, a baby will be born on the 25th floor of a city hospital or the dirt floor of a dark slum shack; a first-year college graduate will rent a cramped apartment in lower Manhattan or a family of five will finally concede their plot of farm land to an encroaching desert - or sea - and turn towards Jakarta or La Paz or Lagos in search of a new livelihood and a new home. The arrival of this family or graduate or baby will tip the world’s demographic scale and, for the first time in history, more than half the human population will live in cities.Full Report

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Employment and Food Security
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Sex in the City
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NEPAL: Impoverished Nepalese girls tricked into prostitution
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Housing, Land and Governance
SYRIA: Squatters in capital struggle for basic services
ZIMBABWE: A year after urban purge conditions for displaced still grim
UGANDA: Gov't relocates 'beggar' pastoralists
LEBANON: Government could do more to tackle child labour
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Natural Disasters and the Environment
•  PAKISTAN: Floods kill 40, creating havoc in cities
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MAURITANIA: Urban poor scraping by with little aid
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Violence in the City
NIGERIA: Guns, gangs, drugs feed growing delta violence
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KENYA: Security crisis in slum as sect and police clash
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