Rapid urbanization in Asia lands more children in slums

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Street Kids in Dhaka © Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

Child migration is one of the biggest challenges that Asian countries face. That's according to the newly released report by UNICEF on state of children living in urban areas worldwide. With Asian economies developing at a rapid pace, and cities exploding, children are on the move either alone or with their parents. And they often fall through the cracks and are excluded from basic services.

Papua New Guinea rural women demand stronger role in economy

Lilly Be'Soer Kolts, Voice for Change founder

Tribal wars are forcing families in the highlands of Papua New Guinea out of their homes. Not only are families being separated in the conflicts, but women and girls are being exposed to violence. A Non-Governmental Organization, Voice for Change, is trying to create a safe environment for these displaced women through mediation. Lilly Be'Soer Kolts, the founder. shares her personal story, as well as the struggle of rural women to assert themselves.

Tatooed Karen soldier eastern Myanmar © Contributor/IRIN

Myanmar: By-elections will serve as "critical test"

Myanmar is making progress in its transition from military rule to a democracy, according to the UN envoy in the region, Vijay Nambiar. He recently spent five-days in the country where he met with key figures, including President U Thein Sein and opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The upcoming parliamentary elections on 1 April will serve as a "critical test" of the government's commitment, Nambia noted. Meanwhile, he points to unresolved issues such as peace with ethnic rebel groups.

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