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Piecing together a fractured Afghanistan one limb at a time

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Ehsamullah, 30, left, who lost his leg after being shot with an AK-47 and Hassibullah, 30, right, who lost his after stepping on a mine, practice walking with their prosthetic limbs at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) orthopedic center on Nov. 20 in Kabul.

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Afghan National Army commando, Khairuddin Sultan, 21, is helped up by his friend Ala Mohamed who joined the army with him 18 months ago, as an orthopedic specialist molds a cast for his prosthetic legs on Nov. 19. Khairuddin, a double amputee, lost his legs when an IED exploded during a joint operation against the Taliban with U.S. special forces. The IED exploded while he was using a mine detector, sending shrapnel into his outstretched hand and blowing up his legs.

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Orthopedic components hang on a wall in a workshop at the ICRC orthopedic center on Nov. 19 in Kabul.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) rehabilitation center works to educate and rehabilitate land-mine victims and those with limb related deformities in Kabul, Afghanistan. The center helps its patients transition back into society and assists them in finding employment by offering micro-credit financing, home schooling and vocational training. The clinic itself is unique in that all of the workers are handicapped. The Kabul center has registered over 57,000 patients, with more than 114,000 registered country-wide in all of their centers since its inception 25 years ago.

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Bismillah Gul, 12, suffering from poliomyelitis, is helped by his father Masta Gul, after having traveled from Khost province to get treatment on Nov. 19 in Kabul.

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Khairullah, 10, watches as his brother Zainullah, 18, has a mold cast for a prosthetic arm on Nov. 20 in Kabul. Zainullah, a brick worker, lost his hand six months ago, shaping a brick from mud that contained a mine.

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An orthopedic technician works on a prosthetic arm on Nov. 20 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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An orthopedic specialist checks the mobility of new prosthetic limbs being fitted on a patient on Nov. 20 in Kabul.

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An orthopedic specialist fits a new prosthetic limb onto a patient on Nov. 20 in Kabul.

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An orthopedic technician walks past prosthetic limbs being stored for patients on Nov. 20 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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