With summer approaching in Pakistan, there are fears of a disease epidemic in he overcrowded Afghan border refugee camps.
GV PAN EXTERIOR: Refugee camp Aza Khel near Peshawar in Pakistan
SV: Army tent with refugees standing nearby, entrance to tent. (3 shots)
SV: Afghan refuges sitting under makeshift tent
SV: Basic tent
GV AND SV: Temporary religious centre and refugees praying (2 shots)
GVs: Men's latrine and washing facilities. (2 shots)
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Background: With summer approaching in Pakistan, there are fears of a disease epidemic in he overcrowded Afghan border refugee camps. Some refugees already have been moved to cooler camps in the mountains, but with more than five hundred thousand refugees to deal with, the authorities face a serious problem.
SYNOPSIS: There are 13 camps in the area around Peshawar alone, in the North Frontier province. They're run jointly by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the Pakistan Government. Situated on the plains at the entrance to the Khyber Pass, where temperatures soar in the summer the camps are considered to be potential deathtraps. Officials say the army tents have insufficient ventilation.
But moving the refugees to the mountains is likely to pose further problems for the authorities. They say that many of the refugees who already have left have based themselves in remote areas where access is difficult and time-consuming, Others have asked to be placed in foothills of the Western Himalayas, where summer temperature are cooler.
Sanitary facilities in the camps are primitive and, with more refugees arriving from Afghanistan daily, the resources of the relief agencies are becoming stretched almost to breaking point.