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Refugees from the Taliban

May 6, 2009

The residents of the Swat Valley in Pakistan are beginning to flee that area as the cease fire between the Taliban and Pakistani forces has broken down. From the BBC:

Thousands of civilians are reported to be fleeing their homes in Pakistan’s Swat valley where a peace deal with the Taleban looks increasingly fragile.

Officials say that more than 40,000 people have so far fled from clashes between the army and militants in Swat.

Fighting broke out on Tuesday night in Mingora, the main town in Swat, where the Taleban occupied key buildings and defied a curfew, officials say.

At least nine people have been killed in the latest Swat fighting, they say.

Bedraggled men, women in burkas and children are all now fleeing the area to sat in camps set up by the government with UN help.

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