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‘Headaches, organ damage and even death’: how salty water is putting Bangladesh’s pregnant women at risk

As rising sea levels and extreme weather contaminate drinking water sources, doctors are seeing alarming numbers of women with serious health problems including pre-eclampsiaPhotographs by Farzana HossenIn the small, crowded ward of the Upazila Health …

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‘Only the rich can bear this heat’: how Dhaka is battling extreme weather

As high temperatures hit the poor hardest, climate change may undo years of development gains, says Asia’s first heat officer Set in post-apocalyptic Dhaka, Nuhash Humayun’s Moshari became the first Bangladeshi film to qualify for the Oscars last year….

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Health officials warn of major outbreaks of disease after severe floods in Pakistan

Diarrhoea and malaria cases spread, with risk of dysentery and cholera, as millions of displaced people forced to drink flood waterHealth officials have warned of large-scale outbreaks of disease in Pakistan after severe flooding displaced millions of …

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Migrant caravan and Qatar’s tarnished World Cup: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Pakistan to Poland Continue reading…

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‘The challenge for us now is drought, not war’: livelihoods of millions of Afghans at risk

After years caught in the crossfire between the Taliban and security forces, farmers in Kandahar face a new threat, as water sources dry upThe war in Afghanistan might be over but farmers in Kandahar’s Arghandab valley face a new enemy: drought.It has …

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Water of death: how arsenic is poisoning rural communities in India

‘A crisis is brewing’, experts warn, with contaminated water exposing villagers to increased risk of cancer and affecting children’s brain developmentNine members of Pankaj Rai’s family have died from cancer over the past 20 years. But the 25-year-old …

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Hungary’s LGBT protests and Juneteenth Day: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the coverage on struggles for human rights and freedoms from China to Colombia Continue reading…

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