In the Afghan capital, Kabul, Soviet & Afghan troops began mopping up operations on Monday (25 February) after five days of rioting in the city.
GV PULL OUT from mountain range on Afghan Pakistan
GV PAN Refugee camp with people creating tents (3 shots)
SV PAN Refugee tent with children watching food being cooked.
SV PAN Supplies and family inside tent while mother prepares good for family. (6 shots)
GV and LV Camp zoom into mountain range. (2 shots).
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Background: In the Afghan capital, Kabul, Soviet & Afghan troops began mopping up operations on Monday (25 February) after five days of rioting in the city. Despite Kabul radio's claims that peace had returned to the city on Monday, authoritative sources said that sporadic clashes between troops and anti-Soviet demonstrators were still occurring and mass arrests were believed to be taking place. Meanwhile more Afghan refugees were reported to be crossing the border into Pakistan where an estimated five hundred thousand refugees are now setting up camp.
SYNOPSIS: Refugees have been crossing the border into Pakistan at the rate of a thousand a week, causing headaches for local officials trying to help organise shelter, food and money for them. Manu of the refugees arrive with stories of being bombed and strafed by helicopters.
There is an urgent need for tents-the Pakistani authorities claim they need about thirty thousand more. But food supplied are at present adequate. The Pakistani authorities supply staple foods such as wheat, cooking oil and sugar and grant the refugees four and a half rupees (fifty cents) a day cash relief. But the strain of feeding tens of thousand of extra mouths is likely to cause economic havoc in Pakistan unless substantial foreign aid arrives soon.
Morale in the camps though is not low according to local officials. The refugees talk constantly of a spring offensive against soviet forces and the Afghan Army When the mountain snows melt and boast they will have chased the Soviet troops back to their own country by summer. Few appear to accept or are prepared to admit that they fear they could remain refugees for any length of time. It is difficult for the local authorities to check which people are genuine refugees and which participate in the occasional foray across the border to harass the Afghan and Soviet forces. Many Pakistanis though have expressed fears that the Afghan forces may resort to hot pursuit operations across the borders and involve them directly in a war.