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The Independent: The birth of hope for Afghanistan’s mothers

August 12, 2011
Newborn baby at the Gereshk hospital in Helmand province [Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]

Newborn baby at the Gereshk hospital in Helmand province (Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011)

The number of women dying in childbirth every year is 10 times higher than the civilians killed in the conflict. But a new clinic is offering a brighter future. Terri Judd reports.

Abdul Manan stood expectantly outside the maternity unit awaiting the birth of his first child, his calm facade only betrayed by the way his head snapped around each time the delivery room door opened. On the other side of the door, his teenage bride Firoza barely whimpered as she entered the final stages of a long labour, assisted by an increasingly fraught looking midwife.

Continues at: independent.co.uk – The birth of hope for Afghanistan’s mothers

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  1. jack permalink
    August 13, 2011 00:43

    how pathetic- under-aged girls, dying because they are too young to have children. we have a long way to go. glad this is a start for some of them.

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