As Swat's exiles journey home, gunfire suggests problems may not be over

Small comforts carry big hopes in the Swat region of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province. The misery of war could be nearing an end now; and, after 12 weeks of battles between the Pakistan army and the Taliban, exiled residents are flooding home. Full Story »

Posted by Derek Hawkins - via NewsRack (Pakistan)
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Posted by: Posted by Derek Hawkins - Jul 26, 2009 - 2:31 PM PDT
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Edited by: Derek Hawkins - Jul 27, 2009 - 9:21 AM PDT
Derek Hawkins
3.8
by Derek Hawkins - Jul. 28, 2009

Nice departure from the stories sourced heavily with government and military officials and diplomats. Does it give too much credit to Bakht Biland, the profile subject? Perhaps. But this says more about the atmosphere on the ground in Swat than most reports I've read.

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Fabrice Florin
3.8
by Fabrice Florin - Jul. 28, 2009

Interesting report from Mingora, the largest city in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where refugees are starting to come back, but still fear for their safety. This short article centers around the perspective of taxi driver Bakht Biland, as the reporter follows his journey home from a steamy refugee camp where his family spent two months in a tent. An informative and nuanced update on the human toll which this conflict has inflicted on Pakistani people.

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Joey Baker
3.8
by Joey Baker - Jul. 27, 2009

Very anecdotal. Good read. Would have benefitted from having multiple sources.

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Stephen Babcock
4.1
by Stephen Babcock - Jul. 28, 2009

Bahkt gives us a realistic perspective, but the side that really tells us how the two sides feel about normal people is Shamin Khan, the man mentioned at the end of the story who was "victimised by both sides." The reality of this war lies somewhere within his story. But that's probably for the Independent.

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Gatlin Massey
4.1
by Gatlin Massey - Jul. 28, 2009

I felt this was very good piece on the citizens caught between the Taliban and Pakistan army in the Swat valley, though it really doesn't go into much detail about military strategies and the hows and whys of what had happened

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Amy Whitehead
3.7
by Amy Whitehead - Jul. 27, 2009

This story gives a glimpse at the effect the war has had on civilians in the area. A nice human-interest story.

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Ghazala Khan
2.6
by Ghazala Khan - Jul. 28, 2009

Not really.

This particular story doesn't really divulge the exact ground realities of the Swat region. I have been to this region as I live nearby quite a times and have interacted with the Internally Displaced People. Things are still very fragile and brittle, and Pakistan needs the world's support, which is very disappointing.

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