A mass exodus out of Pakistan's North Waziristan as army readies ground offensive

Description:Out of Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan, comes a mass exodus. Scores of displaced men, women and children, leaving their homes, only to get stranded at checkpoints like this one. The military has announced a full-on offensive against a Taliban insurgency. It's pounding villages and militant hideouts, sending a wave of panicked people spilling i..(more)

Out of Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan, comes a mass exodus. Scores of displaced men, women and children, leaving their homes, only to get stranded at checkpoints like this one. The military has announced a full-on offensive against a Taliban insurgency. It's pounding villages and militant hideouts, sending a wave of panicked people spilling into nearby regions and Afghanistan. Those who stayed behind had until Sunday to get out. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) DISPLACED PERSON, SAMI ULLAH, SAYING: "We demand the government gives an extension to the curfew. The people are still trapped there; the government should give them a chance to get out of there." Officials say some 350,000 people have been displaced since the operation began a week ago. At this checkpoint, they've set up a national registration database. They're refugees now, lining up for rations. One man says all he got were graham crackers and juice. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu

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