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UNHCR supporting vulnerable women to stand on their own feet

By: Humera Karim QUETTA:  It was an uphill task for a 27-year-old Afghan refugee girl to live in a traditional society having no source of income, skills and exposure – but thanks to UNHCR’s Safe from the Start programme which skilled her and empowered her, she is becoming self-reliant. Born and raised in Quetta, Fareeda Bibi’s family fled Afghanistan due ...

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Growing trend of Online Journalism in Balochistan

By: Munaj Gul Muhammad Although, Online Journalism in Balochistan has not yet developed enough, but it is not entirely absent in the lest deprived province either. However, Online journalism is a modern form of journalism where the information is brought to the people by the means of internet. As Balochistan’s youths are not well encouraged to work in Online Journalism ...

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Human Development Index: Uncovering where Balochistan Stands

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Recently, Chinese government revealed the number of higher education scholarships allocated for the youth of Balochistan which is around 7,000 annually. However, among currently enrolled 25,000 students in Chinese universities, less than 200 students are from Balochistan. The Chinese authorities shared this data with the delegation of tribal leaders during their visit to China. Former member ...

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The Plight of the Gwadar Citizens

By: Mariyam Suleman As the fireworks lit up the port-city of Gwadar for its 60th year celebration of being a part of Pakistan, its citizens seem lost somewhere between the brightness of promises of future development and darkness of their unresolved issues. Gwadar, with its deep-sea port and the ambitious project China Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) is all set to emerge ...

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Refugees turned the desert green

By: Humera Karim CHAGHI:  Afghan refugees in the remote district of Chagai putting in efforts to transform the rocks and desert into the green farms – contributing to the local economy and a better environment. Posti Refugee village is a self-sufficient organic farm in the barren hills of a rocky desert area in District Chaghi, in the North West corner ...

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A New Year’s resolution to remember

By: Zeeshan Nasir  December and the last month of the year is going to end.  people are excited to celebrate the New Year’s Eve around the world. This year was devastating for some while brought joy for many. I had also witnessed many incidents which had splashed across my mind. But for people in Balochistan, the good news remains stagnant as ...

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Breaking the education dichotomy in Balochistan

By:  Munaj Gul Muhammd Beyond, Balochistan has been suffering from manifold challenges from the very beginning of its existence and a lot of people’s deaths were caused due to poverty and corruption. Although, province is one of the most neglected parts of Pakistan where most of the young citizens are compelled to work in garages, hotels, fields and other sectors ...

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Salaar demands gynecologist, round the clock electricity for DHQ hospital

By: Rafiullah Mandokhail ZHOB: Amid chilly weather and under open sky, a social worker Fazal Salaar (visible service) supported by civil society has set up a protest camp in front of press club for the acceptance of his demands. Although the administration left no stone unturned to remove the camp but failed. People from all walks of life have thronged ...

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The Zero Hunger Goal and Malnutrition in Balochistan

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Kaleemullah, 35, has frequent visits to Basic Health Unit Iskalkoo these days with his  two and half years old boy Abdul Rauf, who doctors say is malnourished, to get checked and receive the prescribed Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), the Plumpy’Nut specifically designed to treat acute malnutrition without complications.  However, he returns his home hopelessly, when he ...

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Child Marriage: How the childhood of girls is robbed in Balochistan

 By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch The month of March in Balochistan’s winter zones comes with some interests for school going children when their schools open after winter vacation. The new classes, new reading writing materials, new school backpacks increase curiosity of students for going school. However, for Sankina, 13, in the village of Iskalkoo, district Kalat , the school going month ...

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