Between the Taliban and A Hard Place

Thousands of refugees try to flee the fighting in Pakistan

Friday, May 08, 2009

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis are fleeing clashes between Taliban militants and the army, adding a humanitarian crisis to the list of daunting challenges facing the nation. While the U.S. has praised the added military forces fighting Taliban militants in the Swat Valley and Buner province bordering Islamabad, the International Committee of the Red Cross said fighting had cut access to places where civilians were most in need. The Takeaway speaks with Ron Redmond, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Mark Dummit, a BBC reporter in Islamabad, who are monitoring the situation.
"Our main concern is that the people who were displaced, uprooted or who wish to flee are able to get to safety and get the assistance that they need."
—Ron Redmond of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Pakistanis fleeing the Swat Valley


Mark Dummett and Ron Redmond

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