Photo Essay: Out In The Cold

Free from the Taliban, refugees now face disease and malnutrition

You can't eat victory. Even as the Taliban's suicidal stragglers are being flushed from Kandahar and Tora Bora, some 1.4 million refugees inside Afghanistan face the double cruelty of hunger and homelessness just as winter stakes its annual claim. The situation was dire even before Sept. 11. Last winter 500 people perished from cold and hunger in the western city of Herat. Today about 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs in relief-work argot) are scattered among camps outside that city, with more returning from Iran daily. An estimated 6 million Afghans are what the World Food Program labels "food insecure"--increasingly vulnerable to...

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