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The Forgotten War

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Posted on Oct 4, 2006
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The U.N. refugee agency says about 200,000 people have been displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan as NATO forces clash with a re-energized Taliban.


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The UNHCR said that it had distributed jerry cans, plastic sheeting, floor mats, lanterns, family kits and blankets to 3,200 families in Kandahar province, but that the fighting had added “renewed hardship” to a population already hard-hit by drought and earlier conflicts.

“We expect further displacement may take place until conditions are safe for the population to return to their homes,” said Jennifer Pagonis, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Rahmatullah Safi of the Afghan Department of Refugees and Repatriation said some help had already reached those displaced, but more needed to be done.

“People have lost everything - their vineyards, orchards, schools and clinics,” he said.

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By slg, October 4, 2006 at 11:08 am Link to this comment
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This is some of the most disquieting of a whole series of dismal news stories this last week. There’s something completely disgusting about strutting American politicians caught in rutting rituals while deciding a foreign Nations fate.

What an image to present to the suffering people of the third world being bombed and beaten into the republican way of life.

Five years in Afghanistan, nearly four in Iraq. Peoples’ lives are hell over there because we allowed ourselves to be lead by self serving tyrants who only want to drag the world into chaos.

Where are the true hearted leaders who will encourage and inspire a better world that works, for everyone?

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