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Afghans raised children, went to work and gave birth for two decades next to America's vast military bases and burn pits, and their prolonged exposure to the air, soil and water pollution continues to this day. Dealing with the consequences of the war’s contamination will take generations.
For now, some hospitals remain open despite fighting on their literal doorsteps. “It’s absolute chaos,” he says. Doctors are working around the clock and many of his colleagues have not been home for more than a month. It is also incredibly dangerous. Eleven of his colleagues have been killed since the fighting began.
Mental health and drug addiction are intertwined, as people attempt to self-medicate with over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs for psychological relief, a phenomenon that has only worsened since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, when the international community pulled major funding from a health sector tending to a war-weary population.