March 21, 2004 (Afghan New Year) was a busy day in Malalai Hospital. Dr. A, a gynecologist, was tired and about to leave the hospital when one of the nurses approached her saying, “We need your help.” A few minutes later Dr. A was in the delivery room helping Kamila as she travailed in labor. Thirty minutes later the first child was born. But Kamila was still in pain. Then a second child was delivered. But Kamila continued to be in pain. Dr. A said, “One more!” Minutes later the third child was born. All three were girls and in good condition. The first weighed 3.1 kilograms while the other two weighed 2.7 kilograms. From the beginning they were called “the three lucky girls.”

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September 2003. One among scores of Memories being left by patients at Malalai Hospital. I have come along with my three year old child named Nasir and have spent eight days in this hospital. I have observed everything very carefully, from the cleaning of the hospital to the good attitude of the staff and RAWARead More…

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Shahgul’s Story of Unbelievable Heartache Report filed by RAWA based on an interview with the subject, July 2003 My name is Shahgul and I am 50 years old. I am from Ghazni Province. My husband’s name was Muhammad Bakhsh and he served as an army officer. Many years ago we moved to Kabul and weRead More…

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Report by RAWA. July 2003. Nine-year-old Arezo, the daughter of Haleema and Raqeeb, comes from one of the poorest families of Farah province. She was one of our patients in the month of July. The doctors, after checking her in Farah, had found that she was suffering from a serious case of meningitis, with aRead More…

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By Dr. Anne Brodsky July 2003 Little Ghatol* was only two days old when her mother realized that something was wrong, but it took two more days to convince the men in the family that she needed to go to the hospital, and to find her way to Malalai hospital where they diagnosed that notRead More…

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Report by Steve Penners, former President of Afghan Women’s Mission during a visit to an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan where RAWA ran an underground school. February 2003. “My mother and sisters are refugees from Afghanistan living in Pakistan. We have fled endless war in our country. We walk to school through rock strewn dirtRead More…

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Report by RAWA, January 2003. The Story of a Boy Named Gaior Eleven-year-old Gaior is the son of Abdulgafur. They are from Panshair, Afghanistan, but are now living as refugees in the Bangash Colony of Rawalpindi. Gaior is a student in the first grade. His mother told us their story: When the Russians attacked KabulRead More…

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yakawlangThe lives of the people of Yakawlang have been devastated by the massacre of 300 town residents in January, 2001, see-saw battles between Taliban and United Front forces during the past several months with associated terrorization by troops from both sides, the nearby destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues, and drought. Additionally, the Hazarajat region of Afghanistan is the most economically deprived region in Afghanistan.

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Temperatures Soar Over 113 Degrees Jalozai Refugee Camp, Pakistan Outside of Jalozai camp homes are made of dried mud. A dry stream bed serves as makeshift latrine. Bundles of brush provide fuel for cooking. Women share their tales of woe with us. Curious children pose for a picture. This man’s tent had been blown awayRead More…

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