The End of Spring
Author: Afghan Scene Team
As the heat of summer begins and the fighting picks up, Scene takes a look at healthcare in Afghanistan. Though we all know the situation is bad, the photos of Jonte Wentzel – a Swedish photographer working on photographing the plight of Afghanistan’s children – show just how bad. Three stories on healthcare weave different threads together – highlighting the lack of supplies at Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, the burden families with disabled family members must assume to care for them – many times with little complaint – and the state of affairs in Uruzgan, where two doctors must look after the health of the province.
Also, as transition continues, the Afghanistan Analyst Network looks at the state of the police – even as the army gets more attention – asking the eternal question: quantity or quality. And, should the police one day be able to stand on their own feet, one thing they’ll have to be on the lookout for is counterfeit currency, an issue examined by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
And June is heavy in books, as well, with a review of ‘All In: The Education of General David Petraeus’, a Q&A with Caroline Brothers, author of Hinterland, a story about Afghan illegal immigration into Europe and an excerpt from ‘Pakistan on the Brink’, Ahmed Rashid’s new book.
But not all is doom and gloom. Kabul at Work talks with one of the most outspoken taxi drivers in Kabul, Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like talks about how liberals become conservative after living overseas and TIME’s John Wendle talks about the quirky world of tourists in Afghanistan.
Welcome to the summer.