Afghan guerrillas are battling with Soviet troops and tanks in a wide area around the country's capital, Kabul.
GV Tribes people outside building. Refugees arriving to register (4 shots)
GV INTERIOR Refugees wait
GV Bus street and refugees milling around shops (4 shots)
GV Bus loaded with Afghans operated by refugee and truck used as taxi (2 shots)
CU khyber Hospital sign
GV Refugees walking about waiting for attention (2 shots)
CU AND PAN Older men sitting around (2 shots)
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Background: Afghan guerrillas are battling with Soviet troops and tanks in a wide area around the country's capital, Kabul. Many people are said to have killed or wounded in the fighting, in the first guerrilla offensive since the Soviet-backed Government took power in December. Thousands of Afghan refugees still flee the country to neighbouring Pakistan. And already they're settling down to life in their enforced home.
SYNOPSIS: Refugee arrivals in the frontier capital of Peshawar have to report to the district court for registration, before they enter camps or find their own accommodation.
Most of the Afghans were able only to bring their money and most vital possessions as they fled the fighting.
Many have used their hard-earned fiances to begin buying property. Some can do this in the names of their Pakistani relatives, but some defy a ten year residency pre-requisite and purchase houses without notifying the Registrar of Land.
The refugees, who brought with them their buses and trucks, have set up cut-price transport businesses to the growing annoyance of locals. The Afghans pay no road taxes and no licence fees.
The City's hospitals have become overcrowded. More than twenty per cent of all the patients at the two major Government hospitals are refugees. It's thought that forty or fifty per cent of the refugee population will stay more or less permanently in Pakistan, as they fear the Soviet occupation of their country will be a long one.