Salaam Afghanistan

Health and Ethnic Conflict.

My first visit to the Heart of Asia -- Reflections and Photos.

My Photo
Name:
Location: Mbarara, Uganda

Internist and Pediatrician with a passion for international health.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Sima Samar's Hospital, Riding a Motorbike, Volleyball, and Spelunking in Jaghori

We arrive in Jaghori and meet Heidar's family. Parents, brother, sisters & their husbands, children. We are offered a lunch-time snack. They offer to clean my clothes (I am dusty!).

Jaghori is beautiful. A small, lush valley at the edge of the "river." Trees have been replanted.

Heidar wants to get a haircut and we need pick up food for dinner. We get on the motorbike, I behind Heidar, and I am sure I must have just implicitly agreed to be married to him by doing this. "Are you sure it's ok?" "Yes, yes, it's ok" We stop at local women's community center, a small structure that has been rebuilt and is being refurbished. Women can come here and learn to read. The man who runs it gives me an apple.

Back on the bike and farther down the path into town. The one main street. The rubble at the end of the street where the school for boys used to be. Heidar's haircut.

Back on the bike and over to look at the new hospital. Then to the UN for a visit and doing some email.

Head back. Stop for a quick game of volleyball. Heidar invites me to play. I decide to watch instead.

Back home. Cooking the rice in a huge pot in the backyard. Dinner upstairs. After dinner we watch some karate movies. Bedtime. Heidar and I sleep alone in the same room upstairs, his mat on one side, mine on the other. Still, I am surprised. Surely they think we are married.

Up early the next day to drive out to a nearby place where there are caves that go as far as you can see. Heidar's dad gives us knives and guns.

We arrive and get out ready to explore the caves. A couple of local boys show us the way. It's tough to climb up to the entrance. So much effort only to discover that they have been closed up. Villagers have put lots of rocks at the entrances, apparently to prevent their boys from going in and getting lost. We are told that this has happened in the past, that the boys never returned.

Back down. Heidar wants me to go the long way around instead of straight down the way we came up. I tell him, "That little boy just went this way, I can go this way." He says, "He's an Afhgan boy" and I say, "Well, I am American woman, and I'll go this way" Heidar is bemused but goes down first and insists on catching me as I jump. I don't want him to, but there is no preventing it.

We play in the river a bit. Heidar is filming, and playing Afghan music for the soundtrack.

We continue up the road and have lunch at the home of a relative of our driver (I think). Relax a bit, and head back.

Back in Jaghori, we return to the hospital and go in. His cousin works there as a nurse, and she shows me around. the is the men's ward. the women's ward. the outpatient room where they are examined. here are some very sick women. one has a tumor and is clearly wasting. its crowded. i wish i could do something.

The operating rooms. The story about the pregnant woman who hemorrhaged and died fighting for water at the water pump. A man kicked her in the stomach. They didn't have any blood for her. Without regular electricity they don't have a place to keep blood. Another story about a woman whose child was stillborn. How terrible. How she must have felt. Yes, she said, "All of that time waiting for nothing." I am reminded why so many Afghan families treat pregnancy so differently, why they don't acknowledge pregnancy even until much later, even into the 3rd trimester, and why the women don't behave and are not treated any differently -- they are expected to work the same, to delay eating at meals just the same. With such a high maternal and infant mortality rate, it would be difficult to be emotional and attached.

The staff at the hospital are so overworked and underpaid as it is -- there aren't enough people to treat all problems at any time of day. There is a room where the nurses sleep and eat while on their shifts. They take turns spending the night. They are very tired. My host says that she will look for new work after one more year because it is too difficult here.

We go back to Heidar's house. Dinner. To bed early because we are to leave for Bamiyan tomorrow. Heidar wants to stay another day, but I need to be back in Kabul by Friday, so we decide to continue as planned. It should take 8 hours to get to Bamiyan, so we plan to get up and be out by 8:00.

8 Comments:

Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 08.15
kate spade outlet, ray ban sunglasses, true religion jeans, polo ralph lauren outlet, nike air max, nike air max, michael kors, nike free, coach factory outlet, michael kors outlet, gucci outlet, michael kors outlet, tiffany jewelry, michael kors outlet, longchamp outlet, replica watches, michael kors outlet, louboutin shoes, christian louboutin outlet, longchamp outlet, true religion jeans, coach purses, prada outlet, true religion jeans, polo ralph lauren outlet, oakley sunglasses, burberry, oakley sunglasses, burberry outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, louboutin outlet, nike outlet, tory burch outlet, longchamp, coach outlet, coach outlet, jordan shoes, michael kors outlet, chanel handbags, oakley sunglasses, prada handbags, louboutin, tiffany and co, kate spade handbags

8:29 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ralph lauren pas cher, north face, north face, oakley pas cher, nike air max, lacoste pas cher, hogan, nike free, abercrombie and fitch, ray ban pas cher, michael kors, mulberry, lululemon, air jordan pas cher, nike roshe run, true religion outlet, nike roshe, longchamp pas cher, sac guess, nike trainers, nike blazer, hollister, air max, air force, louboutin pas cher, michael kors, longchamp, nike air max, ralph lauren uk, michael kors, sac longchamp, hollister pas cher, vans pas cher, burberry, nike free run uk, ray ban uk, new balance pas cher, nike air max, nike huarache, converse pas cher, tn pas cher, hermes, timberland, vanessa bruno

8:30 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

nike air max, herve leger, asics running shoes, new balance, instyler, north face outlet, wedding dresses, baseball bats, ralph lauren, lululemon, jimmy choo shoes, beats by dre, nfl jerseys, ghd, north face outlet, babyliss, hollister, insanity workout, hollister, chi flat iron, louboutin, valentino shoes, celine handbags, vans shoes, oakley, ferragamo shoes, soccer shoes, iphone 6 cases, giuseppe zanotti, vans, timberland boots, abercrombie and fitch, mac cosmetics, nike roshe, hollister, nike air max, bottega veneta, converse, reebok shoes, p90x workout, birkin bag, mcm handbags, mont blanc, soccer jerseys

8:32 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, pandora charms, ugg boots, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, marc jacobs, sac louis vuitton pas cher, ugg boots, swarovski, juicy couture outlet, supra shoes, karen millen, wedding dresses, toms shoes, louis vuitton, hollister, ray ban, ugg boots, converse outlet, gucci, montre pas cher, pandora jewelry, ugg boots, ugg boots uk, bottes ugg, replica watches, lancel, louis vuitton, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, louis vuitton outlet, ugg pas cher, thomas sabo, coach outlet, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton, uggs on sale, swarovski crystal, links of london, pandora charms
ninest123 08.15

8:34 PM  
Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

2015-09-01 zhengjx
coach factorty outlet online
uggs on sale
louis vuitton
toms outlet
michael kors handbags
kate spade sale
michael kors outlet
cheap oakleys
coach outlet store online
louis vuitton handbags
louis vuitton
abercrombie & fitch
coach factory
michael kors
coach outlet
air force 1 trainers
polo shirts
michael kors
air max
nike air max 90 trainers
louis vuitton outlet
louboutin femme pas cher
coach outlet store online
louis vuitton handbags
hollister co,hollister jeans,hollister.com,hollister ca
jordan retro 5
cheap jerseys wholesale
nike air force
polo bedding
christian louboutin shoes
air jordan 4
michael kors outlet
instyler curling iron
hollister uk
coach purses
kevin durant shoes 2015
michael kors outlet
tommy hilfiger outlet stores
jeremy scott adidas
fake watches

12:45 AM  
Blogger Minko Chen said...

lacoste shirts
nfl jersey wholesale
north face outlet store
michael kors outlet
mulberry outlet store
coach outlet store
soccer jerseys wholesale
nike roshe
cheap football shirts
ugg boots clearance,ugg australia,uggs on sale,ugg slippers,uggs boots,uggs outlet,ugg boots,ugg,uggs
hollister uk
ralph lauren uk
coach outlet online
hermes birkin bag
michael kors uk
true religion outlet
nobis jacket
cheap jordan shoes
true religion jeans
mbt shoes outlet

2:12 AM  
Blogger 柯云 said...

2016-05-21keyun
longchamp handbags
michael kors outlet online
burberry sale
asics shoes for women
michael kors bags
michael kors outlet
timberlands
nike outlet
polo ralph lauren
true religion outlet store
tory burch sandals
kd 8
gucci belts
lebron james shoes 13
instyler
toms wedges
michael kors outlet
michael kors bags
ray ban sunglasses uk
air jordan 8
cheap oakley sunglasses
louis vuitton
gucci bags
nfl jerseys
jordan retro 11
louis vuitton outlet
coach outlet
louis vuitton handbags
christian louboutin outlet
gucci outlet online
coach factory outlet online
louis vuitton outlet
kate spade handbags
rolex watches
cheap true religion jeans
coach outlet online
cheap toms
the north face jackets
coach outlet store

9:27 PM  
Blogger Mie Helal said...




I really like all the points you have made.
https://decor-ksa.com/doors-gallery/
https://decor-ksa.com/windows-gallery/
https://decor-ksa.com/railings-staircase-gallery/http://mchaabaty.com/dawadmi/
http://mchaabaty.com/templates/
http://mchaabaty.com/riyadh/
http://mchaabaty.com/stone/

3:17 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home