KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - FEBRUARY 2009: Amputees and severly injured patients undergo rehabilitation in Kabul. The Red Cross (ICRC) has been working in Afghanistan since 1989 with vitcims of three decades of war, who have lost limbs due to mines. Until now, they have assisted 34,000 amputees, and a further 54,000 patients affected by other illnesses, such as polio. In addition, they produce 600 prosthetic legs, 1200 sets of crutches, and 100 wheelchairs in their orthopaedic workshops each month. 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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