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Dozens of ailing kids sent to Germany for treatment: ARCS

Dozens of ailing kids sent to Germany for treatment: ARCS

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Aug 18, 2015 - 17:39

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) on Tuesday said 45 children have been sent to “peace town” in Germany for medical treatment while a group of 55 children who were treated there would return home in the next three days.

Sarma Afzali, international relations director at ARCS, told journalists that 45 children sent to Germany suffered from deformities, severe burns, and orthopedic conditions.

She said the children were comprised of 10 girls and the rest boys. “Their treatment in Germany will continue until their recovery. At the same time their parents will be trained on how to take care of them after their return.”

Afzali said they did not have any preconditions for sending these children to Germany. Any child that was not treatable inside the country, she said, would be sent there.

She said German doctors visited Kabul twice per year to select these children for treatment in Peace Town. The treatment for each child, she said, was around six to 10,000 Euros.

“More than 4,000 children have so far been sent to peace town through ARCS. They have returned after their treatments,” she remarked.

According to Afzali, at least 55 more children whose treatments have been completed would return after three days.

Anisa, 11, a resident of Nimroz province who was being sent to Germany, said last year her house was damaged following a rocket firing and half her body was severely burnt. “I’m very happy that I’m going to Germany.”

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