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1. IRAQ: Sectarian tension ahead of polls threatens “humanitarian crisis” – analysts
2. EGYPT: Pig-cull induced street rubbish a “national scandal”
3. YEMEN: Child trafficking to Saudi Arabia down in 2009
4. EGYPT: Displaced flood victims still waiting for aid
5. OPT: Flood misery for tented communities in Gaza
BAGHDAD, 24 January 2010 (IRIN) – A government move to exclude a number of prominent Sunni candidates from national parliamentary elections on 7 March could re-ignite sectarian violence and create a new humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country, according to some analysts.
CAIRO, 26 January 2010 (IRIN) – The Egyptian government’s decision to cull all of the country’s 300,000 pigs in May 2009 is increasingly being viewed by experts and officials as a gross mistake as piles of organic waste the pigs once ate accumulate in Cairo’s streets, posing serious health hazards.
SANAA, 25 January 2010 (IRIN) – Fewer Yemeni children were trafficked to Saudi Arabia in 2009 than in recent years, according to a Yemeni Ministry of Social Affairs official.
CAIRO, 25 January 2010 (IRIN) – Days after flash floods killed several people and forced hundreds of families out of their damaged homes in the Sinai Peninsula, government assistance is yet to arrive, survivors say.
GAZA, 28 January 2010 (IRIN) – Thousands of Gazans made homeless by Israel’s 23-day military assault on the Gaza Strip which ended just over a year ago, are still in tents and damaged buildings; cold weather and recent flash floods have exacerbated their plight, say aid workers and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).
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