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    55 children return after treatment in Germany

    KABUL (PAN): Fifty-five Afghan children suffering from burns and orthopedic diseases returned home on Saturday from medical treatment in Germany.

    Below 13 years of age, some of the children had been in Germany for six months to two years for treatment with the help of the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS).

    Their stay and treatment were financed by the German Peace Village, ARCS spokesman Enayatullah Siddiqui said. The children, who could not be treated in Afghanistan, are selected every six months by German doctors in Kabul.

    Nazia, a resident of northern Balkh province and one of the returnees, said she had been under treatment in Germany for a year. "I could not eat when I was burnt by acid. Now I am very happy, having recovered."

    German doctors had been kind to them, she said. As a result, several Afghans like me recuperated from diseases, she added. 

    Parents were also happy about the treatment of their children in Germany. Abdul Jamil, whose daughter suffered injuries in a car accident, could not be taken care of in Afghanistan. "I thank the Germans for their help. Without their help, my daughter could not have got well."

    The children come from about 15 countries, including Afghanistan, Angola, Romania, Georgia and Vietnam. Every year, about 1,000 receive medical care at the German Peace Village.

    As many as 72 children, registered with ARCS from Kabul and other provinces, would be sent to German on Sunday, the ARCS spokesman said.