Protesters in Balochistan demand to know the wherabouts of missing relatives
Balochistan mourns its missing

QUETTA, 17 November 2011 (IRIN) - A slightly faded black-and-white photograph of a young man hangs above the mantelpiece in Zarina Bibi’s tiny house in the town of Khuzdar in southwestern Balochistan province. Bibi, in her 70s, occasionally places a vase of flowers near the photograph. It is one of the few she possesses of her grandson, Abdul Rehman, who “vanished” some nine months ago. full report

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JAKARTA, 17 November 2011 (IRIN) - The ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Center) was formally endorsed at the association's summit on 17 November in Bali, signalling a greater role for regional mechanisms. full report

LUANG PRABANG, 16 November 2011 (IRIN) - In 2010, for the first time in more than 20 years, 140 midwives graduated in Laos but specialists say their skills may go untapped because the country's women are not used to visiting health workers. full report

DHAKA, 15 November 2011 (IRIN) - The government of Bangladesh is looking near and far – from Ukraine to South Sudan – to bolster food security at home, according to the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management. full report

KINSHASA, 14 November 2011 (IRIN) - Access to basic education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains poor, with up to seven million children across the vast country out of school - despite a 2010 government decision to make primary education free. full report

NAIROBI, 11 November 2011 (IRIN) - Deteriorating security, a culture of impunity and an increase in attacks on internally displaced people (IDPs) in the central Somali town of Galkayo, Mudug region, have resulted in a sharp increase in rape cases, gender activists told IRIN. full report

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