Afghan Refugees: Is International Support Draining Away after Two Decades in Exile?

Rupert Colville


Afghanistan holds all the refugee
records, both good and bad. However, as
the remaining refugees enter their twentieth
year in exile, international support
for finding a solution to their predicament
appears to be dwindling as the
Taliban consolidate their hold on Afghanistan while simultaneously alienating
much of the outside world. Because of
insufficient funding, United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) has had to curtail voluntary
repatriation programs in 1998 and reports
a bleak outlook for 1999.

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