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Monday, 22 October, 2001, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
In pictures: Afghan refugees' plight
As tens of thousands of people fleeing war in Afghanistan become stranded at the sealed Pakistani border, an urgent aid effort gets under way.

Tractorload of Afghan refugees pulls up at Pakistan's Chaman border crossing
Aid agencies and border guards were not expecting such a sudden flood of refugees

Pakistani and Taleban border guards
Guards fired warning shots when refugees tried to cut through the frontier wire

Lorry carrying humanitarian relief from the United Arab Emirates
Charities from the Middle East are among those rushing aid to the border

Mother with sick child begs at roadside on Pakistani side of border
Getting over the border does not mean refugees can automatically receive help

Child at refugee camp outside Karachi, Pakistan
But many eventually reach refugee camps

Afghan refugee makes plastic window for his tent in Iran
Many Afghan refugees are also in Iran, preparing for the harsh winter as best they can

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The BBC's Fergal Keane
"These are days of hunger"
The BBC's Clive Myrie
"There is a loss of dignity and Afghans are a proud people"
Oxfam's Jo Marie Griesgraber
"Winter in Afghanistan is cold enough to freeze battery acid"
See also:

21 Oct 01 | South Asia
Chaman's queue of despair
21 Oct 01 | South Asia
Pakistan counts cost of war
18 Oct 01 | Education
A refugee's story
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