50 kids return from Germany after treatment
KABUL (Pajhwok): A group of 50 Afghan children on Sunday arrived in Kabul from Germany after receiving treatment, but some of them speak German and cannot speak their mother tongue after spending up to a year at Friedensdorf – the peace village.
The children, ranging in age from one year to 15 years, had been selected for medical care in German hospitals for six months to one year.
Some of the children could not speak their mother tongue and would speak in German. One of the returning children was eight-year-old resident of Kabul’s Astalif district, Firdosia. She spoke in German as she walked with a slight limp after she had one of her legs broken.
She was treated for her broken bone in Germany. Firdosia was waiting along with other children for her family to arrive and pick her.
Another returning child, Anar Kali, an 11-year-old, who recovered from burn injuries in Germany, said she was happy to return home. She said children would play football and were taught hand signs early upon their arrival, picking up German quickly.
Agha Jan, a 15-year-old boy, who got her leg broken after a fall, spent one year in Germany. He hoped he would be able to continue his education and return to Germany for higher studies so that he could serve the war victims in Afghanistan.
He thanked the Peace Village and the Afghan Red Crescent Society, their parent organization, for giving him a new hope in life.
A Kabul City resident, Abdul Latif, who was holding his daughter’s hand, said his daughter sustained burn injuries six months ago and she was selected for treatment in Germany. The 35-year-old father said his daughter had recovered.
Red Crescent Society official, Mohammad Nasir Zaki, said the treatment of each child in Germany cost 6000 euros being provided by their organization.
He said this way so far more than 4000 Afghan children had been sent for treatment to Germany under an agreement with the Peace Village.
Friedensdorf with dormitories, dining hall, playground and soccer field nestled together on a small hillside in Oberhausen in northwestern Germany is the place where children from war-hit countries like Afghanistan come to heal.
The group arrives after 80 children with broken bones and burn injuries were sent to Germany for treatment by the Afghan Red Crescent Society.
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