Swat Refugees Left In The Lerch

May 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

 

 

Eleven refugee camps have been set up around
the North West Frontier Province [AFP]

Residents fleeing the Pakistani military’s offensive against Taliban fighters in the Swat valley have told Al Jazeera of their sense of abandonment at the hands of both sides.

The government said on Monday it would continue its campaign against the Taliban in the North West Frontier Province, while thousands of people continued to arrive in refugee camps in nearby Mardan.

The exodus is said to be the largest movement of people in Pakistan for 60 years. An estimated 500,000 people are running away from the fighting with the few belongings they can carry.

Abdur Rahman, one of the displaced who fled to Mardan, told Al Jazeera: “People from all over – from Matta, Mingora and from everywhere – [are fleeing] on foot. Women and children and even old women and old men.

“Some of them died on the road, but no one was willing to offer us any help – neither the army nor the Taliban.

“They are both committing atrocities and cruelty against the ordinary people.”

 

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