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Afghans Begin New Exodus, Often At Great Cost

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In the latest in a series of dramatic inflows and outflows, more Afghans are leaving the country than returning, fueled by unease about next year's withdrawal of NATO forces

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Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:26 am
Noted, doesn't sound good for the country.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 3, 2012, 5:08 am
Noted. Thanks.

Sharon W. (4)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:48 pm
Well, people are sick and tired of 30 years of war. What a surprise. We should help them to organize themselves instead of sending our military over there.

Gene Jacobson (266)
Monday December 3, 2012, 1:47 pm
"By the early 1990s after the Soviet withdrawal an estimated 2 million to 3 million Afghans had been repatriated, though the rise of the Taliban meant that at the same time, others were fleeing. The last major shift in the flow of migration occurred after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. In 2002 alone, about 2 million Afghans returned, according to the UNHCR.

Now, that flow has reversed once again."

I am sure the people are sick of war but this exodus is in advance of the Taliban retaking control of the country's government which will follow closely on the heels of the last coalition plane's leaving. I don't think the average Afghan wants to live under the thumb of those barbaric drug lords again and they are coming, Karzai won't be able to stop them. But, $50,000 to get smuggled out of the country? This is one of the poorest nations on the planet, apart from the drug lords, where does anyone get that kind of money in today's Afghanistan? But taking a legal route out means finding a country that will accept you, and your family, and there aren't many that will. Just as when the Taliban controlled this country before, it is the poorest of the poor, and the women, who will suffer the most. That is the heartbreaking part. What becomes of the women and girls of Afghanistan when the Taliban runs things again?

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday December 3, 2012, 2:44 pm
Thanks again Cal for another informative post.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 12:17 am
They have been patient long enough and there appears to be no peace in sight, to speak of.,

Jennifer Ward (40)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 3:23 am
I hate to be a cynic- but where do they get all the money to flee? There are lots of relatively wealthy people coming to Australia that pretend to be refugees, destroy their IDs and as soon as they receive an Australian passport and citizenship go back to their 'oppressive' homelands on vacation- or even permanently- all on the taxpayer's dime.

greenplanet e. (156)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 5:07 pm
Must be very traumatizing.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 5:15 pm
Noted thanks !

june t. (66)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:02 pm
Phyllis Baxter - the same thing happens in Canada. I don't understand it - but then I've never been in their shoes. They usually still have family back home.
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