Thailand floods head towards capital

floods in Thailand

One third of Thailand has been affected by heavy flooding, killing close to 300 people, according to the Thai government estimates. Now with water heading towards the country's capital, Bangkok and residents are busy stocking up on food, water and candles in case they are confined to their homes. Meanwhile, local officials are busy setting up prevention measures to reduce the risks posed by the rising waters. Kirsten Mildren of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is in Bangkok.

Afghan intelligence and police guilty of torture

An inmate at Dai Kundi Central Prison in Nili, Afghanistan

Prisoners suspected of being Taliban fighters or implicated in crimes associated with the armed conflict in Afghanistan are being 'systematically tortured' while in the hands of Afghan police or intelligence agents. That's according to a new report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Half of the 400 detainees interviewed in Afghan prisons are said to have suffered abusive interrogation practices aimed at obtaining a confession. Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA's director for human rights described to Aditya Mehta some of the forms of abuse the prisoners experienced. 

More than half of Cambodia’s HIV-affected households go hungry


Cambodia has made some remarkable progress in halting the country's HIV epidemic. However, that's where the good news ends, according to a recent UN report. The report has found that more than half of Cambodians living with HIV were hungry and lacked adequate food supplies last year, compared to just over one third of those not affected by HIV. 'The Socioeconomic Impact of HIV' also found that 27 percent of those living with HIV lost their jobs after being diagnosed with the virus. Anthony Lisle, the head of UNAIDS Cambodia, explains the findings of the report.

Presenter: Aditya Mehta
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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