Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Iran braces itself for new wave of refugees
"In a border region littered with the debris of past conflicts, poles to carry electricity rise above gravel fields flattened by Iranian bulldozers in preparation for the possible arrival of Iraqi refugees.
Although no Iraqi refugees have so far crossed the border, plastic water pipes have been laid in trenches and work on a system of latrines is progressing. The Iranian government, assisted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other UN agencies, began discussing preparations months ago in case the feared flood of refugees from the war in Iraq materialises....."

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