Bad driving by transport companies has led to the deaths of hundreds of passengers. In fact, road accidents are one of Afghanistan’s leading causes of death, ranking behind war and heart disease, but well ahead of other major killers such as birth trauma, maternal mortality and various cancers.

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“Nawa district is now under the control of Taliban, people are facing many problems there”, said Zainuddin, a resident of Nawa, speaking in Ghazni city. “There are no schools or hospitals. Sick people are usually taken to Ghazni city, but they often die before getting to the hospital due to the bad roads.”

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