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‘I only protest. I want to go to school’: the childhoods lost in Pakistan when loved ones are ‘disappeared’

The families of thousands of people who have gone missing in Balochistan province spend their lives in sit-ins and ralliesWhen people filled the streets and parks to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Pakistan earlier this month, Sammi Deen Baloch was not among …

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Tall tales but no dessert: the storyteller of Karachi and his ice-cream cart library

In a country where 77% of 10-year-olds are illiterate, a reading scheme in Pakistan is reaching thousands of children in slumsPedalling down a narrow alleyway in Karachi’s crowded Lyari Town, Saira Bano slows as she passes a group of children sitting o…

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Global eradication of polio ‘tantalisingly close’ with UK urged to keep up funding

After no reported cases of wild polio for 19 weeks, vaccination efforts boosted at last endemic spots in Pakistan and AfghanistanThe world is “tantalisingly close” to eradicating polio – with no confirmed cases of wild polio anywhere so far this year. …

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