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Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

Pakistan/ Afghan refugees/ Toor Lalai, 50 years old sits in a wheelchair at his flood damaged home as reconstruction work goes on in the Khazana refugee camp, Peshawar. He came to Peshawar 30 years ago from Jalalabad. He returned to fight jihad against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s and had his legs shot up which resulted in him being in a wheel chair. He has 12 children, the oldest of which is 22 years old. His children work as daily wage laborers in a Peshawar market to support the family. He would not consider returning to Afghanistan as there are no livelihood opportunities there compared to in Pakistan. He will remain in Pakistan as long as he can. The camp was established when refugees flooded across the border from Afghanistan during the 1979 Soviet occupation. The refugee camp has a population of 2500 and during the 2010 floods that swept through Pakistan most families were affected. The majority of people rebuilt their houses after the floods with their own resources. The most vulnerable also received support from UNHCR for reconstruction. UNHCR/Sam Phelps/ November 2011.

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Pakistan/ Afghan refugees/ Toor Lalai, 50 years old sits in a wheelchair at his flood damaged home as reconstruction work goes on in the Khazana refugee camp, Peshawar. He came to Peshawar 30 years ago from Jalalabad. He returned to fight jihad against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s and had his legs shot up which resulted in him being in a wheel chair. He has 12 children, the oldest of which is 22 years old. His children work as daily wage laborers in a Peshawar market to support the family. He would not consider returning to Afghanistan as there are no livelihood opportunities there compared to in Pakistan. He will remain in Pakistan as long as he can. The camp was established when refugees flooded across the border from Afghanistan during the 1979 Soviet occupation. The refugee camp has a population of 2500 and during the 2010 floods that swept through Pakistan most families were affected. The majority of people rebuilt their houses after the floods with their own resources. The most vulnerable also received support from UNHCR for reconstruction. UNHCR/Sam Phelps/ November 2011.