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Samson; the old man of the Nowzad stables is very content these days to do nothing but graze his days away on the hillside overlooking the Nowzad shelter. Friendly only with his carer Juma, Samson has proved he is not overly interested in assisting with the training of future Afghan veterinarians.

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afgh july16 3Rosie

It has taken many years for Rosie to forgive. The years of hard labour an almost insurmountable barrier for her to forge a friendship with the Nowzad team. But finally Rosie we believe is starting to trust our good intentions.

Rosie is still very protective of Kushi, her nearly three year old offspring and they are never more than feet away from each other on the hillside. Rosie definitely speaks Dari as she is demonstrates her trust of Dr Maliha although cleaning her hooves is a three person task!


The friendliest donkey in the world. Raised in the Nowzad shelter nearly three years ago it took us awhile to realise that Kushi (Dari for happiness) actually thought she was a dog. Kushi is often used as our demonstration donkey for Afghan veterinarian student training as she loves the human interaction.

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afgh july16 6Jalala

Found injured on the side of a mountain Jalala limping badly with a severely damaged front leg and possible hernia. After loving care and treatment by the Nowzad vet team Jalala has made an almost full recovery and is a perfect example of how working donkeys would benefit from rest and care by their owners. Now housed with Samson (he has had the snip!) Jalala at last, will allow our vets to brush her coat and clean her hooves.

Again as an older donkey Jalaha has no fear of being made to work again. She will live out her life at the Nowzad stables.

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