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UNHCR Chief Sadako Ogata's Visit To Afghanistan


Taleban fighters stand guard at the Afghan-Iran border town of Islam Qala, 128 kilometers northwest of Herat, where refugees are returning to Afghanistan. Reuters



Afghans who fled their villages rest at a refugee camp, in Herat, northwestern Afghanistan from adjacent villages after a severe drought hit the area. Taliban officials setup a camp and appealed for help from the international community. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Sadako Ogata also visited Herat and held talks with Taliban officials. AP Photo



Sadako Ogata, second from left, the U. N. high commissioner for refugees, crosses the border from Afghanistan into Iran at Taybad crossing. Ogata traveled to an Afghan refugee camp in northeastern Iran, part of regional tour to highlight the plight of 2.6 million Afghan refugees. Under an agreement between the UNHCR and Iran to regulate repatriation, Afghan refugees had six months beginning in April to come forward and sign up for repatriation or to make a case for staying in Iran. AP Photo



Two Afghan refugee children walk in front of portraits of Iranian late spritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini, right, and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, on the border of Iran and Afghanistan at Taybad. AP Photo



Afghanistani girls who fled their villages with their families are photographed at a refugee camp, in Herat, Afghanistan from adjacent villages after a severe drought hit the area. Taliban officials setup a camp and appealed for help from the international community. AP Photo

 


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