Afghanistan IX

Human Cost of War,  January 2011

As the war intensifies throughout Afghanistan it is becoming increasinly difficult for international aid organisations to operate. In January I travelled to Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, to photograph in the only provincial hospital in the region, that is supported by MSF. Local health centres have ceased to function in the area and people throughout Helmand have no access to healthcare.

Women are often relutctant to travel to the hosptial alone because deteriorating security situation throughout the province. They would prefer to suffer at home than have to make this dangerous journey. The few that do make it are often desperately ill, and all tell harrowing stories of how their daily lives are scarred by a seemingly never ending battle.

  • A grandfather comforts his grandson who is waiting to see a doctor in the OPD unit of Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • A man carries an elderly man on his back to the Emergency Unit of Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • A man fingers his prayer beads outside the OPD unit of Bost Hospital in Lashkar Gah. Kate Holt.
  • Woman hold their children , who are suffering from measles, in the isolation ward of Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • Patients wait outside the OPD unit of Bost Hospital, in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • A man walks passed a street sign of Lashkar Gah, in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • An elderly woman nurses her grand daughter who is suffering from a chest Infection at the Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • Abdullah, a shepherd, lies in the Emergency Room at the Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • A woman, covered in a Burqa, holds her daughter while waiting to see a doctor. Kate Holt.
  • Bibi, an 8 year old girl, lies on a stretcher waiting to be admitted to a ward. Kate Holt.
  • An elderly man waits to be seen by a doctor in the Emergency Room of the Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • Salim, an eight year old boy, accompanied by his grandmother, Hajji, is treated for an allergy to some medicine. Kate Holt.
  • Salim, an eight year old boy, accompanied by his grandmother, Hajji, is treated for an allergy to some medicine. Kate Holt.
  • People wait outside the Emergency Room at the Bost Hospital, Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • Lhatifa, who got eighty percent burns after igniting oil over herself. Kate Holt.
  • A grandmother nurses her young granddaughter in general ward of Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • Drugs are lined up in a dirty wooden box in the nurses room in the Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • A nurse administers vitamins to a young malnourished child in the therapeutic feeding unit at Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • A young boy lies on a stretcher after being admitted to Bost Hospital, in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • Patients wait to see a doctor in the OPD unit in Bost Hospital, Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • Children wait with their mothers to receive a vaccination in Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • Young boys play in the street next to a vendor selling nuts in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • A young boy, who has a skin infection on his head, waits to see a doctor in the OPD room of Bost Hospital. Kate Holt.
  • A girl sits next to a bucket of sharps, while blood from her cut finger drips onto the floor. Kate Holt.