Afghanistan Blog

By Digital Journalist December 6th, 2009

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In Kabul, Afghanistan, Jamalo, age 14, from Ghazni sits in her wheelchair outside the International Red Cross Orthopedic (ICRC) rehabilitation center, Nov. 21, 2009. Jamalo is now a paraplegic, crippled after her home became a battlefield during a violent attack between the Taliban and U.S forces over five months ago. She was inside her home during the attack when a rocket hit, killing four family members including her sister. She broke her arm and was hit by shrapnel. Ghazni is a Taliban-infested area so as a young handicapped female she has little hope of education or even marriage. A recent U.N. report has described 2009 as the deadliest year in terms of civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the start of the U.S.-led war against the Taliban in the country.

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