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What do we know of the people in Afghanistan?

According to the UN reports, death from land mines in Afghanistan resulted in 200,000 civilian casualties.

This country is infected with 10 million antipersonnel mines. Over 30% of the victims are children.

Everyday, 20 civilians are victims of mines, half of them die within the next couple of days.

Over 20% of the cluster bombs have not detonated and millions have been dropped on Afghanistan since 1981, first by the Soviet troops and then by the NATO forces, lead by the USA after 1992. Every “mother cluster bomb” that explodes before reaching the ground releases 202 tiny can-sized bombs, which children likes to collect…

Over 12 States manufacture cluster bombs and phosphorous bombs such as the US, Russia, China, France, England, Turkey, Israel, Pakistan…

The US has over 50 military bases in Afghanistan. The base in Kandahar hosts 40,000 US soldiers, living the US life-style in a temperature crossing 40 degrees Celsius: Air conditioned rooms, sauna, swimming pools,  all food products imported from the US, military hospitals…

The base in Bagram has 25,000 soldiers.  Most of these bases, particularly in the north will remain after the US withdrawal in 2014: Central Asia is rich in oil and raw materials.

Everyday, dozens of huge convoys of over 50 huge transport trucks deliver all the necessary subsistence.  The convoys cross thousands of miles, coming mostly from Pakistan.

When Pakistan closes its borders due to drones harvesting Pakistani civilians, each container cost $5,000 or 30 folds its normal price.  The US likes to maintain the US life-style in its military bases, whatever is the cost.

In 2011, the US moved 35,000 containers via Pakistan

Private US security companies are paid $2,000 per delivered container. Although the main groups securing the routes are the Taliban and warlords.

For example, the HQ of the 450 logistics battalion reported that the Taliban militias and warlords cash in:

1. $500 per truck from Kandahar to Herat

2. $50 from Kabul to Ghazni

3. $100 from Ghazni to Orgun…

In order to aceed to the military bases of Paktika, a Taliban leader is paid $150,000 per month

Censoring the harsh realities of war. ~Cypher

Afghanistan has 30 million “citizens” grouped in tribes.

9 million live under an absolute poverty level of a single dollar per day, 37% live with two dollars, even after injecting $35 billion between 2002 and 2009.

Only 13% have access to potable water and 6% enjoy some form of electricity

The UN human development indicators places Afghanistan in the rank of 188 among the UN recognized States

Life expectancy is 45 years

Rate of alphabetization is less than 30%

50% of children below the age of 5 suffer chronic malnutrition

Note 1: Funds invested in military operations is 15 times what has been spent on development in Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces 80% of the world opium, under the watch and agreement of the US administration. This production supports the warlords and the Taliban cash requirement.

Note 2: Iran is the only border country to have effectively stopped the infiltration of the opium mafia and warlords through its borders, at huge cost in manpower and soldiers who were not better equipped as the mafia mercenaries a few years ago.

Note 3: Most of the hospitals in Kabul are privately owned after the Afghan government decided for hospitals to be administered by the higher education ministry, instead of the health ministry. The physicians and surgeons visit the public hospitals just to select the patients who can afford to pay in their private clinics.

Note 4: Many of the information were taken from “The devastation” by the French/Afghan neurosurgeon Ahmad Ashraf

Medical missions in Afghanistan. How civilian casualties are treated?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

I am in neurosurgery mission at the pediatric medical Institute for Afghan children of Kabul. Usually, I perform 30 operations in my frequent visits to Afghanistan.

Six years ago, I diagnosed cancer cases in 4 patients within my three-week stay. This rate has increased sharply: I am facing 4 cancer cases every day, and many deformed babies.

A 18 year-old boy is suffering of a Schismatic syndrome. I had ordered a scanner in urgency 3 days ago, and still no news.

Another kid, 10 of age, has a cardiac malfunction of tetralogy of Fallot type, and I also diagnosed an abscess in the brain between the frontal and temporal lobes.

There are no rooms in the intensive care unit.

I consulted with the competent anesthetic Charlotte for the next morning set of surgical operations.

At about 5 pm, the scanner revealed that the boy requires an operation very quickly in order to remove a craniopharyngione cyst.  The boy had lost his right eye, and the acuity of his left eye is declining due to hormonal perturbation.

The boy had lost both his parents during the civil war and was barely surviving on small jobs in the province of Takhar, 600 km from Kabul.

The operation is delicate, but sending this patient to India or Pakistan would cost $8,000. I have limited equipment that I brought with me from France, and I can make do thanks to competent anesthetics and surgeons in the staff.

I prescribed a MRI and got involved to get results today: I am leaving back to France within a couple of days.

The department of radiology demanded $160 for the MRI and the boy and his cousin had to try securing financial aid from social services, even when the cost was reduced to $100.

I managed to contact the boy and convinced the admission to perform the MRI gratis.

It is 9 pm and the boy is in front of the closed doors of admission. Another round of negotiation and explanation.

Kate, the association director, agreed to take care of all the expenses of the surgery.

It is 10 pm. The pieces of the puzzles are falling nicely in place and I recuperate a couple of instrument from my brother’s home.

Midnight, I get a call from the boy’s cousin: No blood in the blood bank. I think that it is feasible to do the surgery without additional blood.

A couple of hours nap and I am up at 6 am. Six other surgeons are observing this rare operation.

The microscope is showing signs of weakness and I used a magnifying glass. The intervention is a success.

I had a light breakfast and started my next surgery on the kid.

At 3:30 pm I check on my first patient in reanimation: He is awaken and doing fine. The working day was supposed to finish at 7:30 pm.

My brother is throwing a farewell party for me, and I see the invitees with half closed eyes.

Afghanistan was bombed in 2002 with 3,000 tons of depleted uranium (DU), 60% as active as the enriched uranium used in nuclear power plants. The dust of DU, if inhaled or digested, disturb the process of the formation of the embryo through cellular splitting and division.

The new-born suffers terrible malformation: No head, no eyes, no hands, no legs, no nose, no lungs…The DU particles attack the brain, the nerve cells, the thyroid, the lymphatic ganglion…

Six years ago, I used to witness 3 cases of cancer during my 3-week stay. Currently, I have to deal with 4 cases every day.

In Iraq, new-born with no eyes have increased 250,000 times the normal occurrence.

Note: This story was taken from “The Devastation” by the French/Afghanistan neurosurgeon Ahmad Ashraf

“Depleted Uranium bombs”? Not that depleted at all…

What the US military calls Depleted Uranium (DU) are only 40% less active than the enriched uranium used in nuclear power plants. The DU are not that performing in generating power, but they are as toxic to people, soil and water contamination… for thousands of years.

The US hold 50% of the world reserve of DU, and it found an economical expedient to contaminate “other people land” instead of the very costly “treatment” and storing of these extremely dangerous residues.

This “Silent Chernobyl“, repeated countless time in modern warfare, is harvesting million of lives and babies born with serious anomalies.

In the preemptive war on Iraq, starting in 1990 and then in 2003, the US and Britain dropped over 1,700 tons of DU bombs.

In Afghanistan, in the few days of the start of the preemptive war of 2002, over 3,000 tons were infesting the landscape.

(In addition to DU bombs, cluster bombs and phosphorous bombs were used. The irony is that after flooding the land with yellow Coca Cola can-sized cluster bombs, the US dropped food stuff in yellow parcels in the same area. The children were rushing to eat and were killed by the 20% of unexploded cluster bombs…)

In Kosovo, the US dropped just 20 tons of DU bombs and missiles on 105 targeted sites: The rate of solid cancer increased 5 folds within a few years.

The soil contamination in these countries are 2,000 times higher than the normal average.

Research and investigation to the health consequences in Afghanistan are still hard to conduct, but in Iraq the results are opened to the public perusal.

The rate of leukemia is 38 times, of infantile cancer 12 times, breast cancer 10 times, infantile mortality 4 times more elevated than average.

In Iraq, the rate of babies born without eyes (anophtalmy) has increased 250,000 folds the normal occurrence!

Pr. A. Durakovic at the medical Georgetown center said that DU dust is the worst toxin that sciences have produced when inhaled or digested.

Usually, kids of veteran soldiers who served in these war ravaged countries exhibit much higher anomalies than ordinary soldiers who fought in “more civilized lands”

Do you know that the military budget of NATO represents 70% of the world military budget?

For further detailed information according to Joelle Penochet “Armes a l’uranium: 20 ans après, ou on n’est on”?

Note: Information extracted from the book “The devastation” of the French/Afghani neurosurgeon Ahmad Ashraf

Zubair: An Afghani child, a collateral damaged kid… and military hospitals hidden truths

A 14 year-old kid is playing with his four cousins in the town of Tagab in Afghanistan. A helicopter is converging toward them at very low altitude. Zubair gut feeling was to scramble and run. A Hillfire missile explodes and kills the assembled kids. Zubair is unconscious in a ditch.

A week ago, another missile killed 7 kids rounding up the sheep in the same village.

The injured people are transported to the French military base in Tagab. In this province, everyone know that the “losses” in the public hospital of Kapisa are transferred to the US military hospital in the Bagram base, hosting 25,000 NATO soldiers.

Zubair’s uncle Nasir drives the hospital in Bagram. Today, Zubair is there, tomorrow Zubair is not there anymore.

The next day, the Bagram hospital “has no idea” where Zubair has been transferred: It is a top secret to divulge the whereabout of field casualties…

Three weeks later, Nasir receives a call and a translator asks him to come and pick up his nephew at the Bagram hospital.

Zubair is amputated in both legs, was submitted to a laparotomy procedure: partial ablation of the spleen, colon, kidneys, intestine… and his body is riddled with 52 metal staples in order to close the Ileostomy.

The hospital only recommendation is of removing the staples 6 months later.

Nasir learn that the Red Cross in Kabul provides prosthesis. Zubair does not need prosthesis at this junction: He is fighting for his life and serious after surgery attention is required, and Nasir is sent packing to the regional hospital of Kapisa, where there are no equipment to removing metal staples…

Nasir takes his nephew to the Italian Center for urgent cases in the Panshir.

The Italian hospital is no longer admitting cases coming from other military hospitals: They realized that these cases are hopeless and are sent to them to die in their hospital.

Back to Bagram. A soldier orders Nasir to use a side entrance. Hundreds of injured people are packing the courtyard and moaning…

The  NATO rules and regulations are to exclude civilian causalities from military hospitals, except when about to die.

Finally, after weeks of being shuffled around, Zubair lands at the French pediatric hospital for children whose parents are very poor and cannot afford medical attention.

Zubair survived the horror this time around.

I had this impression that NATO military hospitals in Afghanistan are centers for training surgeons and medical personnel on war time field casualties and injuries. The surgeons are asked to gain technical skills and keep a patient alive after the surgery for a few days, and let the parents carry him home to die and be buried a few days later

Note 1: This story was extracted from the prolog of “The Devastation” by the French-Afghani neurosurgeon Ahmad Ashraf. Ashraf was a surgeon during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and served as a military surgeon in Herat, a province close to Iran.

During the civil war (1990-94) among the warlords, Ashraf managed to immigrate to France on political asylum. Ashraf frequently return to Afghanistan and perform about 30 surgical operations before returning to Grenoble.




May 2023

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