The journalist Antonio Pampliega returns to Afghanistan to show the suicidal girls, the alienated and also the cripples who rediscover their dignity thanks to their rehabilitation in "the factory of hope", the one that Alberto Cairo created with the handcrafted prosthesis.
In an interview with Efe on the occasion of the presentation of his latest book "The Trincheras of Hope" (Peninsula), Pampliega praises the "authentic work of cooperators" as Alberto Cairo, responsible for 28 years of Cruz's physiotherapy clinics Red in Afghanistan, where there are at least 170,000 disabled.
The story portrays the work of Alberto Cairo through the experiences, all dramatic, of those who lost their legs or arms and found in the prosthesis the true means to recover their human dignity and leave the streets where they begged for sustenance or confinement. for life as a woman.
And it is in the artisan process of elaboration of the prosthesis that many Afghans who now work with the Red Cross, under the baton of Cairo, recovered the self-esteem and the means of life with which to support their families,
Beginning with Ghulam and Najibullah, the irreconcilable enemies of the era of the confrontation of the Soviets with the Mujahideen, now become great friends and coworkers, the author delves into human stories.
Its objective is to make a portrait of the struggle for self-improvement in a more than hostile environment, a society literally in rubble.
In his second book on Afghanistan, Pampliega has achieved the cooperation of Cairo, reluctant to prominence, which shuns, although on this occasion he accepts.
But only to give voice to those who during all the eras of the already long conflict have always kept the center open with brief interruptions in the moments of the most bloody combats.
Pampliega's biggest concern is the alarming school drop-out of girls and the closure of schools due to insecurity in areas under Taliban rule, 714 schools only between 2015 and 2016.
"They control more than 40 percent" of the territory, he stresses.
He is very pessimistic about the immediate future of the country due to the lack of educational resources.
And because of the huge upsurge in violence with many "express kidnappings that had never happened" and the abandonment of international troops, whose deployment it considers "has not served at all."
Recognizes that contemplate the result of "the humiliation and torture of girls whose husbands have more than thirty years that they" has been a real shock to him.
Hard and difficult – he explains – was visiting them to talk with them and photograph them in the Herat hospital in the burn unit, where they end up so many times for being the most usual procedure for abused women to end their suffering.
He also explains that he does not understand how in the West there are those who reject vaccinations when he has had to see how a girl of five loses all her hopes because she did not have access to any vaccine.
He considers it inexplicable.
Throughout the conversation comes, of course, the warning of his mother when he warned of those "problems of people without problems", something that is disconcerting.
As a present narrator, he also lashes out at himself when he recalls how he fell with 27 years in Afghanistan "in search of fame, fortune and glory".
"He was young, unconscious, innocent" evokes almost ten years later, a few more wars and 299 days of captivity in Syria, although his engagement with the country in war for almost 40 years has not stopped increasing.
Even if, as he says, every time "the war is more disgusting".
Even so, he does not doubt it, to practice journalism "is the best job there is", and that he has had a good time.
Although "almost" pretended "to be the new Pérez Reverte".
"And how do you wake up with a hostage-based kidnapping," he exclaims when mentioning that dark captivity in the hands of al Qaeda in Syria.
The face if it changes to address the example that supposes in the Afghan society for women the captain of the basketball team, Nilofar, young disabled whose merit is also attributable to the support of his father, educated in the Soviet era, clarifies.