Afghanistan Updates - April 2013
Samson and Delilah
The Nowzad team recently resuced two donkeys - Samson and Delilah. The pair immediately took to their new pampered life, the years of heavy toil over for good. Delilah eventually stopped trying to kick the staff when being fed, however the neverending years of hard work had severely taken their toll and she struggled just to stand each morning. Pen and Louise almost put their backs out on several occasions trying to lift a very heavy Delilah in preparation for her morning walk.
On the advice of a visiting western vet who had come across to train Nowzad's Afghan vets, the difficult decision was made to put Delilah to sleep. The decision wasn't taken lightly, but towards the end Delilah really struggled just to stay upright and we take comfort in the fact that she at last knew kindness during the last few months of her life.
Samson immediately pined for his lost mate, so the team rescued another female donkey who they have named the rather un-Afghan hame of Rosie! The Nowzad vets are continuing to learn how to take care of and manage the two donkeys, with the aim of writing an educational programme to be delivered on the streets of Kabul dealing with the health issues that street working donkeys face.
Samson and Rosie are now regular fixtures walking around the fields near the Nowzad clinic. Samson is always walked on a lead, with Rosie happy to plod immediately behind.
Nowzad's future goal is to rescue more donkeys and improve the standard of stabling, as well as holding practical workshops for Kabul veterinary students, educating them in equine care.
Thanks to the support of Animal Aid Abroad's kind sponsors and donors, we can safely say that equine welfare in Afghanistan has never had a better chance than it does right now.