Hospital on the Edge

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Imam Gul, right, 25, stands next to the body of Hamidullah, 22, while the body is prepared for burial at the Mirwais Hospital morgue in Kandahar, Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. The day before, Ahmad Shei, 25, and Hamidullah, 22, were in an unarmored truck carrying material to a checkpoint in Zabul Province when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Four other border policemen were injured and taken to Kandahar Air Field to receive medical treatment. The two dead were to the morgue at Mirwais Hosptal before being transported to their home provinces in the North for burial. Despite worsening security, development continues at Mirwais Hosptial, where the International Committe of the Red Cross conducts training and assists the local staff. Mirwais is the main public hosptial serving five southern provinces. As security has deteriorated in the South, many international NGO's have pulled their staff from the area or shut down the regional office, stunting development in a region where it is badly needed.