U.N. Report Says 160,000 Afghans Displaced

The United Nations refugee agency reported today that as many as 160,000 Afghans have fled their homes due to fighting between the fundamentalist Islamic Taliban regime and its northern opposition.

Kris Janowski, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said that approximately 150 people arrive in the capital city of Kabul each day, which is currently the home to as many as 40,000 refugees. Approximately 100,000 refugees have fled to the Panjsher Valley, and another 10,000 to the Kundez area.

Janowski told reporters “The internally displaced people are moving closer to the borders with Tajikistan or Pakistan, although no major outflow is expected. Both countries have assured us the borders will remain open.”


Reuters - August 27, 1999

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