Homeless in northwest Pakistan
Kacha Gari refugee camp near Peshawar, Dec. 7, 2008 Pakistan has engaged in its own “war on terror” against Islamist militants in the northwest part of the country. The collateral damage: at least 450,000 Pakistanis forced from their homes, according to the UNHCR. In Swat Valley, meanwhile, the Taliban effectively controls the region (sharia courts started ...
Pakistan has engaged in its own "war on terror" against Islamist militants in the northwest part of the country. The collateral damage: at least 450,000 Pakistanis forced from their homes, according to the UNHCR. In Swat Valley, meanwhile, the Taliban effectively controls the region (sharia courts started operating last week), prompting many to flee to camps for internally displaced persons. Increasingly, the people of Swat are having to choose: Taliban or tents.
The fighting and the plight of displaced Pakistani civilians are the subject of this week’s FP photo essay: “Pakistan’s New Homeless.”
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that U.S. government sources say that the Taliban in Afghanistan is getting “direct support” from members of Pakistan’s military intelligence agency. A spokesman for Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, however, dismissed the report as “sensational journalism.”
For other FP photo essays, check out:
Spring Break Gone Wrong?
Baghdad’s Back, Six Years After the Invasion
Abu Ghraib’s Extreme Makeover
India’s Real-World Slumdogs
Gaza’s (Literal) Underground Economy
Photo: TARIQ MAHMOOD/AFP/Getty Images
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