KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - FEBRUARY 2009: With temperatures below freezing, a woman peers through the window into the waiting room of Institute for Malaria and Leishmaniasis, which receives 50 new patients per day, and 200 returning patients. These illnesses are spread through mosquitos, who are able to reproduce readily in the crumbling houses of Kabul. Their bites can cause skin infections and internal ulcers which inflame the spleen and liver, and can end up being fatal. There are so many cases that the medicine used as an effective treatment if taken for a month and half, at the cost of around USD $150, is running out. Afghanistan has become the key war zone for the new US administration. After years of focus on Iraq, the US government has realized how critical an issue Afghanistan really is. It is a country all too used to broken promises, used to death and used to fighting for its survival. Afghans have increasingly lost hope, and have lost faith in the promises made by the Western World. They now seem focussed on daily survival despite the hardships and social issues that they face on a constant basis.
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