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As War Winds Down, Thousands of Afghan Refugees Still Vulnerable to...

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Medea Benjamin, founding director of the social justice group Global Exchange, who describes the conditions she witnessed among Afghan refugees while on a recent fact-finding mission to the region(A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At www.btlonline.org).
As War Winds Down, Thousands of Afghan Refugees Still Vulnerable to Starvation and Cold

Interview by Between the Lines' Scott Harris.

In little more than two months the U.S.-led campaign to topple the repressive Taliban regime in Afghanistan has succeeded. Intense fighting in the Tora Bora region decreased as al Qaeda fighters were driven from caves and shelters in the mountainous region. But, both the U.S. military and their anti-Taliban Afghan allies -- who laid siege to the area from the air and on the ground -- admitted they did not know the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and other high level al Qaeda leaders.

According to a report compiled by professor Marc Herold of the University of New Hampshire, an estimated 3,500 Afghan civilians have thus far been killed in the U.S. bombing campaign. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees are without food, shelter and medical care as harsh winter weather creates ever more dangerous conditions. Shipments of desperately needed food and clothing have been slow in reaching refugees in camps inside Afghanistan. One reason for the delay cited by humanitarian aid groups is the lawless conditions around the country, including bandits who attack food convoys, and the lack of any U.N. peacekeeping force to maintain order.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Medea Benjamin, founding director of the social justice group Global Exchange, who describes the conditions she witnessed among Afghan refugees while on a recent fact-finding mission to the region(A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At www.btlonline.org) .

Medea Benjamin is founding director of Global Exchange. Contact Global Exchange by calling 1 (800) 497-1994 or visit their Web site at www.globalexchange.org

Related links:

* "Reconstructing Afghanistan: Statement by Global Exchange Women's Delegation to the Region," Dec. 2001
* "A Dossier on Civilian Victims of United States' Aerial Bombing of Aghanistan: A Comprehensive Accounting" by professor March Herold, Departments of Economics and Women's Studies, University of New Hampshire

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