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Study: Afghan Refugees Face Multiple Hardships Upon Returning Home


A United nations-backed report says many Afghan refugees who return home have limited access to jobs, health care, education, water and housing.

The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and the U.N. refugee agency recently surveyed 11,000 Afghans, including refugees and internally displaced persons.

More than half of those interviewed said they do not have access to safe drinking water, and one-third said their children are not enrolled in school. Many parents said there were schools nearby, but they did not send their children because of security concerns or because the children work.

About 85 percent of those surveyed say their top priorities include finding employment or gaining access to clean water, schools or medical clinics.

Only three to four percent cited security or justice as a top concern.

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