Extreme Heat Kills Afghan Refugees Daily

The temperature in the treeless refugee camp in Jalozai, Pakistan, peaks around 108 most days; shade and water are scarce, resulting in dozens of people, mostly children, dying every day due to starvation and dehydration. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have been forced out of their homes because of the brutal fighting brought on by the terrorist Taliban regime, which rules the majority of Afghanistan. The country is also suffering through the worst drought in 30 years, killing off herds of animals, and ensuring continued starvation because of low crop yield predicted for the harvest.

In addition to the drought, heat, starvation and fighting, the Taliban has committed egregious human rights violations against the women of Afghanistan, banning women and girls from going to school, to work, or leaving their homes without a male relative. Violating Taliban decrees brings brutal punishment: beating, stoning, and death.

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Associated Press Ð May 10, 2001

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