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The life of a donkey on the streets of Afghanistan is not a pleasant experience. They are worked continuously ferrying supplies and vital equipment to the remote communities not serviced by routes suitable for motorised vehicles.

Jalala (as she was later named) was found at a hillside market by local Canadian NGO worker who happened to be in the area. She was clearly in distress due to some sort of shoulder injury. As she was being sold cheap due to the fact she would not have lasted long on the streets if forced to carry any form of load, the westerners did the only thing they could and purchased Jalala, without really considering the long term plan that involved now owning an injured donkey in the middle of Kabul…

And that is when Nowzad was called. Being the only western trained veterinary clinic here in Kabul our four Afghan national vets are now recognised as providing first class vet services under the direction of Louise, our English shelter manager.

Without the facilities one would expect back home in the west our vet team assessed that Jalala was suffering from radial nerve paralysis of her front left shoulder causing her acute pain if she weighted the front leg.She is now happily in the Nowzad clinic garden (gone is our grassed chill out area..!!)

Jalala receives daily care and decent quality food while we attend to her injury. Our four chickens, one broken winged Dove and a Tortoise with a cracked shell keep her company during the long very hot summer afternoons of Ramadan.

One thing is for sure; as long as Nowzad receives donations to keep operating our clinic and shelter then Jalala will always have a home to graze and be safe from trudging along the dusty over crowded streets of Kabul under the strain of a bulging loaded harness.

Thank you to all at Animal Aid Abroad for supporting our work in Afghanistan!

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