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Before The War, The Flood Of Misery

The refugee crisis deepens as a ceaseless human tide crashes against the sealed Afghan-Pak border.

Before The War, The Flood Of Misery
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Before The War, The Flood Of Misery
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It's a ceaseless human tide, beginning from cities and towns and then sweeping across the countryside, gradually swelling in numbers, only to crash against the Pakistan-Afghan border that Islamabad has sealed. It is a nation on the march, petrified of American missiles and bombs, and reliving the dark memories of the war against the Soviets. And they're fleeing wherever they can—to border towns, to villages or even climbing up the steep mountains.

The sheer scale of their tragedy is staggering. unhcr officials estimate an influx of one million Afghans into Pakistan in the near future; this is expected to balloon by another million depending on the duration of the crisis. Says a unhcr official, "About 20,000 Afghans have already crossed into the Chaman district of Baluchistan. Over 30,000 refugees, mostly women and children, are also stranded on the other side of the Pak-Afghan border, largely due to Islamabad's decision to seal the border."

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