Afghanistan IV

People of Kandahar, March 2010

The rising violence in Kandahar is threatening to erode any gains made in the last few years to improve the lives of the local population. The region is notoriously poor – reliant on the opium trade for cash crops. Increasing violence and control by the Taliban, as well as the threat of this major US offensive, is permeating every facet of people’s lives.

The Therapeutic Feeding Center in the hospital sees up to a hundred malnourished children a week – some mothers will again walk for days to reach the centre.

Thousands of IDP’s have flooded into Kandahar over the last few years, in search of security and shelter, as ongoing fighting has flattened their villages and destroyed their livelihoods.

  • A young girl holds her nephew who is suffering from malnutrition at a therapeutic feeding centre. Kate Holt.
  • A woman, whose child is malnourished, waits in the therapeutic Feeding Unit. Kate Holt.
  • Afghan National Police man a checkpoint in Kandahar. Kate Holt.
  • A young girl whose family have been displaced by recent fighting in Helmand poses for a photograph. Kate Holt.
  • Aminoli, who fled Zabul 6 months ago after his village was bombed. Kate Holt.
  • A woman whose family was displaced by fighting in Helmand province poses for a photograph. Kate Holt.
  • Abdul Hakin, whose family fled from Zabul, poses for a photograph in their temporary home. Kate Holt.
  • A woman in labour, who has travelled for two days and who is in need of a caesarian. Kate Holt.
  • A man waits with his son in the waiting room for paediatric cases in Mirwais Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • Burka clad women and their children sit in the waiting room of Mirwais Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • Burka clad women and their children sit in the waiting room of Mirwais Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • A boy stands next to an outdoor shop selling plaster cast minarets in Kandahar. Kate Holt.
  • A mother cradles her malnourished child in her lap at a feeding centre that is supported by UNICEF. Kate Holt.
  • A 14 year old girl, who is about to be married, waits to have a tetanus injection. Kate Holt.
  • Olghaum Sakhi sits with some of his nieces and nephews. Kate Holt.
  • An elderly man who has been displaced by recent fighting in Helmand Province. Kate Holt.
  • Men pray in the evening in the remains of a building that has been bombed in Kandahar. Kate Holt.
  • A woman in labour lies in labour in the obstetrics ward at Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar. Kate Holt.
  • A man who had his leg shot in a drive by shooting by insurgents. Kate Holt.
  • A child stands in front of a mobile market stall in the center of Kandahar. Kate Holt.