located on the western edge of the
Families fled to camps from their homes
capital of Iraq, Kabul. •
in Helmand Province one or two years
ago and have found temporary shelter
around two southern provincial capitals,
Lashkar Gah and Kandahar.
Many of the families who have arrive in Kabul
have suffered from traumatic losses and injuries,
are often pessimistic about the future.
At the camps families suffer through...
-limited amount of food + water
-Free medical camp have been organized by
Indian doctors at refugee camp in Kabul,
About four million Afghan’s live in
refugee camps outside the country;
another two million internally
displaced people eke out an
existence on the streets of Kabul
and other towns.
The numbers fluctuate as some have been able
to return home when the fighting moves
The growing numbers reaching Kabul are a
sign of the deepening of the conflict between
NATO and American forces and the Taliban
in the south.
-“The Taliban are getting stronger,” said
Muhammad Younus, a farm worker who abandoned
his village after his father, brother and uncle were
killed in an air strike two years ago.
-said they had moved to Kabul because of
growing insecurity across the south.
-“We left our houses because we had no power to
resist the Taliban or the government,” said Mr.
Muhammad, the representative who brought
families to Kabul.
As part of the government's plan, camp residents have the option of
returning to their homeland (taking advantage of UNHCR
assistance) or relocating to other camps inside the Punjab or North
West Frontier Province.
The camp is one of over 100 such sites set up for Afghan refugees
who poured into Pakistan following the 1979 Soviet invasion of
their country. Many of Jalozai's residents have lived in the camp,
one of the oldest in Pakistan, for decades.
The Pakistani authorities say most Afghans still in the country are
“economic refugees” and that some camps had become hiding
places for militants. Over the past five years the government has
been calling for the closure of large camps for Afghan refugees,
calling them a haven for “terrorists” and criminal activities.
In recent weeks, over 3,000 camp residents have voluntarily
returned to their homeland, according to UNHCR.