Reference : V-P-AF-E-02278
Date : 25/11/2015
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Kabul, ICRC orthopaedic centre. Khalilullah supports his family by working at a rehabilitation center and hopes that his children will have better living conditions.
Photographer : PINKHASSOV, Gueorgui
Confidentiality level : public
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Description : Khalilullah, 47, sent his 14-year-old son Ahmad Faysal to Europe. With three daughters and two sons, he supports his family by working at a rehabilitation center in Kabul. “I have never tasted the meaning of normal life in this country. There is no stability and prosperity. Since I was born, there has been endless conflict and I wouldn’t want my son to live as I have had to”, he explains. His son arrived in Europe and is in contact with him. “I don’t expect my son to send me money. I want him to study and get asylum”, he adds.
The last year has seen continuing high levels of violence in Afghanistan, taking its toll on people’s lives in different ways as it has done now for more than 30 years. The impact ranges from attacks on hospitals and health clinics, which have caused heavy civilian casualties and deprived people of desperately needed medical care, to the general effects on the country’s fragile economy. This decades-long conflict has resulted in a soaring number of both displaced people within Afghanistan - now reported to number nearly a million - as well as those fleeing to seek a safer life elsewhere. Afghanistan remains among the top source countries for refugees, second only to Syria. Millions among the country's population have fled to Pakistan and Iran over a period of decades.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5472x3648
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour