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Armenia + 1 more

Armenians Displaced By Post War Demarcations

By Manya Israyelyan Some villages have been divided in two by new boundaries. Armenian officials warn that citizens within the state borders of Armenia risk displacement due to the arbitrary way...

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Karabakh Welcomes Peacekeeper “Brothers”

While their visible presence is reassuring, questions still remain over longer-term solutions. By Arshaluys Mgdesyan Residents of Karabakh have welcomed the presence of Russian peacekeepers, deployed...

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Ukraine

Trapped in Eastern Ukraine

Some people are desperate to find a way to leave the de facto republics. By Yulia Abibok Tetiana is packing a suitcase with clothes for her and her son. Although it is still summer, she includes...

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Georgia

IDPs More Isolated Than Ever

The Covid-19 quarantine means many lack access to basic services. Nana Kakhniashvili has been self-isolating with her young child for more than a month at their home in the Internally Displaced...

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Myanmar

How Social Media Spurred Myanmar's Latest Violence

Everybody will end up losing if hate speech is left unchecked. By Alan Davis While religious nationalists in Myanmar have proved highly adept at understanding and exploiting the power of social...

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Afghanistan

Afghan Women Complain Over “Symbolic” Roles

Statistics showing rising numbers of female officials do not tell the whole story. By Mina Habib Maliha (not her real name) works in the press office of an Afghan government ministry. She told IWPR...

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Afghanistan

Child Malnutrition Mounts in Afghan Province

Increased fighting and an ongoing economic downturn are leaving many at risk of serious health problems. By Mohammad Ibrahim Spesalai Rising numbers of children in the southern Afghan province of...

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan: The Female Engineers Rebuilding History

Groundbreaking project showcases women’s achievements in a male-dominated industry. By Salma Rasad The ruins of Kabul’s once grand Darulaman Palace, devastated by decades of war, have long been an...

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Azerbaijan + 1 more

Karabakh's April War, One Year Later

Diplomatic efforts have stalled with little progress in sight A year after the worst clashes between Azerbaijani forces and the Armenian-backed Karabakh army since the 1994 ceasefire, regional...

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Afghanistan

Child Labour in Afghan Coal Mines

Underage workers routinely endure hot, dusty and dangerous conditions. By Yaqub Azorda Shir Ahmad, 12, spends all day working in the pitch darkness of a coalmine in the Dara-e Suf district of...

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Fighting for Disability Rights

Disabled people say they face social prejudice and government inaction. By Farid Tanha Fazluddin, a tall, thin 25-year-old who lives in Dolana, central Parwan, has a whole household to support on...

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Betrothed in the Womb

The consequences of early marriage often ruin girls’ lives. By Sohaila Ahmadi Bibi Asma was in her cradle when her father promised her in marriage to a boy just a few years older than her. When she...

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Afghanistan

Boys Sold for Sex in Afghan Province

Activists warn of flourishing trade in male prostitution and “bacha bazi” or boy play. By Qayum Babak The majestic blue-tiled Hazrat e-Ali mosque complex in the centre of Mazar e-Sharif serves as a...

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Afghanistan

School Closures Hit Afghan Province

A lack of security in districts means that boys and girls can simply not learn. Civil society activists are warning that the state school system in the southern province of Kandahar is in chaos, with...

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Child Beggars

Impoverished parents and organised gangs routinely exploit children for profit. By Ozra Aziz Farishta lay on the ground by a busy road junction in the centre of Herat city, begging alongside two boys...

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Iraq

Bringing Water Back to Kafr Nabl

Project focuses on solving long-standing distribution problems. By Nisrine al-Ahmad Locals in Kafr Nabel have high hopes of a revived water pumping scheme which aims to solve ongoing shortages in...

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Afghanistan

Depression Rampant Among Afghan Women

Gender violence, poverty and associated social problems fuels widespread mental health problems. By Sudabah Ehrari The razor scars on 18-year-old Leila’s hands and neck bear witness to her past...

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Afghanistan + 1 more

Finding Schools for Afghan Returnees

An influx of former refugees returning from Pakistan has put intense pressure on services. By Fahimullah When Qareeb-ul-Rahman returned to Afghanistan after years living in the Akora Khatak area of...

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Conservative Traditions Limiting Progress

Event hears how social development has suffered as a result. By Mosa Khan Zabuli Conservative traditions are holding back progress in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Zabul, according to...

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan: civilians caught up in revenge attacks

Relatives of both of state security operatives and insurgents say they are subject to harassment from the other side. By Farid Tanha Gul Khanim, 30, was forced to leave her home in Parwan province’s...

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