“Being a policeman in Kabul is more challenging than being a policeman in another country,” says 35-year-old Amruddin solemnly, sitting in an office in downtown Kabul. He is restless, and his hands shake as he picks up his glass of green tea, a consistent traditional Afghan offering to guests and foe alike.
Amruddin, who like many Afghans has only one name, had one of his many frequent visits to the psychiatry department today. He has been diagnosed with a case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), believed to have been caused during his time in battle with the Taliban in the northern province of Badakhshan. He was dismissed by his supervisors, who pointed to his mental health as the reason why they lost the battle with the Taliban. That was six years ago.
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