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Orphans Of War: The Innocent Victims Of Pakistan's Swat Offensive

The worn-out burqa covering her from head to toe fails to conceal Rekhmina's sense of loss and uncertainty.

The mother of four has come to the Khpal Kor Foundation, an orphanage located in Swat District's largest city, Mingora, in the belief that it offers the best chance of keeping her children off the streets.

To gain admission for her three daughters and one son, however, she must answer the very question she has spent months trying to answer herself: "Where is your husband?"

The Story Of Neelum From Charbagh

Neelum lost her world when her husband was killed in a suicide bombing outside his shop in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. She doesn't know who to ask about her suffering -- the Taliban or the military.

Is All Well in the Swat Valley?

"The area has been cleared of terrorists" is a common refrain in Pakistani media, but in the Swat Valley, trauma from the conflict between Pakistani security forces and Taliban militants remains.