Oct 22, 2001, 12:01 AM
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Afghans stranded to tents food, rushes UN tents and food sending is Nations United The - IRNA 22, Oct Islamabad, .border Pakistan the along refugees Afghan stranded of thousands to the over concern expressed has Kessler Peter spokesman UNHCR The are people of thousands that saying refugees, the of plight .Pakistan enter to bid a in border the approaching at stranded are people 15,000 to 10,000 said officials Pakistan sudden a after Afghanistan, eastern south in Chaman at border the refused far so has Pakistan .attacks US-led fleeing refugees of surge of strip 200-metre a in wait to refugees forcing border, the open to .countries two the between no-man's-land refugees hundred several desperation, increasing of sign a in But Pakistan into crossing Monday, on guards border past way their fought .BBC the reports territory, High Nations United the for spokeswoman a Kaba, Fatoumata delivered been had food and tents 100 said Refugees, for Commissioner not did she But .refugees to distributed be would and area the to open immediately to appeals to in give would Pakistan think .through refugees the let to borders the it tomorrow, or today happen to going is this think don't I" but happens, that before Afghanistan inside event major a take might .said Kaba Ms "be, might that what sure not I'm (miles 60) km 100 crossing, Chaman the at rising been has Tension identity with those allowed only guards Pakistan as Quetta, of north the on lies crossing The .pass to bribes pay to able or papers which Kandahar, of town Afghan the and Quetta between route important .strikes air US in targeted heavily been has permission given been also has (WFP) Programme Food World UN The food deliver to Chaman in no-mans-land the into border the cross to .supplies and made be would delivery a that said Luna Francisco spokesman WFP other and oil food flour, biscuits, of tonnes 20 some of Monday on .days five for refugees 5,000 about last should food The .supplies border Pakistan's in stored food enough had WFP the said Luna Mr of needs basic foreseeable the cover to Quetta and Peshawar of cities .people 300,000 be may people million 5.1 as many as that warned has UN The as with continues, Afghanistan in action military US the if displaced .alone year this Pakistan in refuge seeking Afghans 300,000 as many the approaching are people of thousands that concerned are We" .Kessler Peter spokesman UNHCR said "border, are ingredients the all but yet flood refugee a seen haven't We" was Pakistan strikes, American the before Even .said he "there, civil of years after fled had who Afghans million 5.2 some sheltering .drought and war Pakistan into crossed have Afghans 50,000 say officials Pakistani a face refugees the Pakistan, inside even But .began crisis the since .future grim be to camps refugee new allows only Government Pakistani The Aid .region inhospitable and remote a area, border the in built staff their on attacks by hampered often is work their said agencies .insecure notoriously is that area an in to harder it making infrastructure basic much lacks also area The the by exacerbated situation a water, as such essentials supply .drought region-wide TK/MMZ/JB End