JALOZAI CAMP, Pakistan — Afghan children living in squalor in northwestern Pakistan are dying daily, most of them from dehydration and heat stroke in temperatures pushing past 100 degrees, doctors said Thursday.
Sixteen people died this week, most of them children, said Dr. Javed Pervez, director of health for the Afghan Refugees Commissionerate, a Pakistani government office.
"We left one hell to come to another one," said Saeed Ullah, one of 80,000 people who fled drought and war in Afghanistan and now live in the Jalozai camp.
The camp is a sprawling and barren dust bowl. There are no trees, and water has to be trucked in daily. The refugees have been living in tents made of plastic sheets, although some canvas tents were recently brought in. Health facilities are sparse--the camp didn't have an ambulance until Wednesday.