Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Afghan refugees deported from Pakistan have little hope of a better future back home

As Pakistan shuts down Jalozai, its largest refugee camp, over 70,000 Afghans are being forced to return to a nation that many barely remember, and one in which they face uncertain futures, VOANews.com reported Monday.

More like a small city than a refugee camp, Jalozai has housed Afghan refugees fleeing the violence of the foreign invasions and civil wars that have rocked their country since the 1970s. U.N. officials believe that the expulsion of its residents will amount to the largest repatriation of refugees in world history.

According to the article, U.N. officials also worry that the influx of this many landless, jobless Afghans will overwhelm already strained government services.

“We are worried that if the numbers [of refugees] increase, this country [Afghanistan] will face a major humanitarian crisis,” said Salvatore Lombardo from the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR).

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