Once a popular Muslim street in Jaffna, Moor Street sits in disrepair today. Sri Lankan Muslims displaced by the Tamil rebels during the country’s decades-long civil war are slowly returning home, but the challenge of reconciling with their Tamil neighbors and the past, remains.  Photo: Contributor/IRIN

Sri Lanka: Muslims and Tamils deal with the past

by IRIN News April 29, 2010

Sri Lankan Muslims displaced during the country’s decades-long civil war are slowly returning home, but the challenge of reconciling with their Tamil neighbours, and their past, remains....

Pakistan government failed to do enough to protect former president Benazir Bhutto and failed to properly investigate her murder, UN commission finds

by Al Jazeera April 16, 2010

"These officials, in part fearing intelligence agencies' involvement, were unsure of how vigorously they ought to pursue actions, which they knew, as professionals, they should have taken," it added....

Transferring drinking water from one pail to the next. People must pay the equivalent of up to $1 daily to buy clean water for drinking and cooking from vendors transporting water in jugs.Photo: Jefri Aries/IRIN

People in Jakarta’s slums must pay nearly $1 per day for fresh water while living on less than $2 per day, and bath and wash clothes in murky gray water from fish ponds

by IRIN News April 16, 2010

In Jakarta's northern Muara Angke coastal area, a lack of access to piped water has forced people to bathe and wash clothes using murky grey water from fish ponds....

Campaign to eradicate polio makes real progress in countries most affected, Nigeria and India

by Celia W. Dugger New York Times April 6, 2010

JOHANNESBURG — A decade after the world’s original deadline for eradicating polio, the most tenacious bastions of the crippling virus — Nigeria and India — have recently shown remarkable progress in halting its spread, giving even some of the...

Dams along Mekong River borders not thought by farmers or fishermen to ease drought

by Thomas Fuller New York Times April 1, 2010

BANGKOK — In southern China, the worst drought in at least 50 years has dried up farmers’ fields and left tens of millions of people short of water....

In Timor-Leste, government and population cope between harvests

by IRIN News April 1, 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) says about one-third of Timor-Leste’s 1.1 million inhabitants regularly experience food shortages, notably towards the end of the two lean seasons between harvests, October-November and February-March. ...