"Aid groups fear mass return home of refugees"
- reads a headline from the London Times above an article reporting on refugee crisis in the Middle East. "About three million [Afghan] refugees in Pakistan, two million in Iran, and two million so called 'internal refugees' mostly living in Kabul, together constitute the world's biggest refugee population." The date is not in 2006 or 2007 but rather March 26, 1988, following the announcement of the anticipated withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. Someone working at the United States Committee for Refugees clipped this article, and now it can be found - along with many other items providing information on refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and many other parts of the world over two and a half decades from ca. 1970 to 1995 - in one of the major archival collections held at the Immigration History Research Center - the Records of the United States Committee for Refugees (recently renamed United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants). A new, preliminary folder inventory for the collection has been made available for the first time on-line.
Images of several items selected from this collection are available for viewing at the IHRC web site by clicking here.