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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


IRAQ: Sectarian tension ahead of polls threatens “humanitarian crisis” – analysts

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.
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EGYPT: Pig-cull induced street rubbish a “national scandal”

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.
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YEMEN: Child trafficking to Saudi Arabia down in 2009

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.
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EGYPT: Displaced flood victims still waiting for aid

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.
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OPT: Flood misery for tented communities in Gaza

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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