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Iraqi Kurd Dies After 53-Day Hunger Strike

January 18, 1995

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ A Kurdish refugee from Iraq who went on a hunger strike to dramatize his demand for resettlement in a third country died Wednesday from his 53-day fast, a Kurdish group said.

Abdul Amir Khadim, 35, was one of five Kurdish refugees who began their protest in November. The remaining four are in serious condition, according to Sairah Salah of the Union of Kurdish Refugees.

Pakistan has granted asylum to more than 1,000 Iraqi Kurds who fled their home to escape Saddam Hussein’s rule.

But some refugees say they dislike living in Pakistan and have demanded resettlement in another nation, preferably Western. Some also have demanded education scholarships.

``We do not want to live in Pakistan,″ Salah said. ``Send us anywhere, but get us out of here.″

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says the Kurds have been treated well in Pakistan and receive a monthly U.N. stipend. The agency says it has been unable to find another country willing to take the refugees.

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