Don’t be surprised when you are greeted by Afghans with artificial palms. It’s also quite common in this country.
In war-torn Afghanistan, bazaars are dominated by armless beggars lying on hot asphalt, pedestrian path by men sitting next to plastic legs waiting for alms or handicapped street children crawling on the ground. Millions of landmines still scatter the country, besides rocket, bomb blast, gun fire, malnutrition, until polio virus, all of which caused a high number of people living with disabilities in Afghanistan. But it’s not the end of story. The ICRC hospital in Kabul produce free artificial limbs personally-sized for each of the victim so one may innitiate a new, hopeful life. The hospital, with most of the staffers and doctors living with disabilities themselves, provides the most approriate care needed by the patients with disabilities. Besides health assistance, the hospital also provides microcredit programs so the beneficiaries can survive integrating to the society and living a normal life.
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