December 9, 2021

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‘We’re not ready’: coronavirus looms over the fragile Afghan health system

<div><p>As Western NGOs remove staff and the US strips support, an influx of Afghans from Iran could add pressure on an already depleted medical system</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>In the Guzargah reception centre for returnees and repatriates in Herat, Afghanistan, 17-year-old Yunos rests on a thin mattress in a small, empty room.</p><p>The previous night fatigued him. He spent it sleeping rough in the desert along with thousands of other Afghans, awaiting the opening of the Iran-Afghanistan border. The frigid desert air froze him to the bone and hunger disturbed his sleep.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/26/coronavirus-in-a-war-zone-afghanistan-braces-for-outbreak-after-first-case">Coronavirus in a war zone: Afghanistan braces for outbreak after first case</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/30/were-not-ready-coronavirus-looms-over-the-fragile-afghan-health-system">Continue reading...</a></div>

As Western NGOs remove staff and the US strips support, an influx of Afghans from Iran could add pressure on an already depleted medical system

In the Guzargah reception centre for returnees and repatriates in Herat, Afghanistan, 17-year-old Yunos rests on a thin mattress in a small, empty room.

The previous night fatigued him. He spent it sleeping rough in the desert along with thousands of other Afghans, awaiting the opening of the Iran-Afghanistan border. The frigid desert air froze him to the bone and hunger disturbed his sleep.

Related: Coronavirus in a war zone: Afghanistan braces for outbreak after first case

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