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Sunday, 30 September, 2001, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
In pictures: Afghanistan's refugees
The anticipated military strikes by the United States on Afghanistan are being dreaded by neighbouring Iran and Pakistan, as well as aid agencies.

Pakistan and Iran are already home to more than 3.5 million Afghans - the largest refugee group in the world.


Refugee outside Quetta, Pakistan
This girl has just arrived at a makeshift camp outside Quetta, Pakistan

Afghans cross the border into Pakistan in a cart at the Chaman checkpoint
Although the Pakistan border is officially closed, refugees are still getting across...

Aid convoys carrying flour into Afghanistan
...while aid convoys labour the other way into Afghanistan

Afghan family in camp near Quetta, Pakistan
The tents provide little shelter from the elements

Truck driver prays
A UN driver prays as a lorry carrying biscuits from Italy arrives at a World Food Programme warehouse

Pakistani money changer with little business
Pakistani money changers near the border have little business
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The BBC's Owen Bennett Jones
"The aid will have to be delivered by mules and donkeys"
The BBC's Caroline Wyatt in Northern Afghanistan
"Some people are boiling grass to give to their children"
World Food Programme's Khalid Mansour
"We have huge difficulties continuing our work"
See also:

27 Sep 01 | South Asia
Analysis: Afghanistan's future
27 Sep 01 | UK Politics
Blair calls for aid alliance
27 Sep 01 | South Asia
Afghans brace for US strike
11 Jan 01 | South Asia
Afghan refugees' unending plight
22 Sep 01 | South Asia
Pakistan's fear of refugee flood
25 Sep 01 | South Asia
Pakistan warns of Afghan instability
25 Sep 01 | South Asia
The wild border town of Quetta
26 Sep 01 | South Asia
Afghans place hopes in UN
29 Sep 01 | Americas
UN backs anti-terrorism moves
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