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Korea completes reconstruction mission in Afghanistan

Updated: 2014-06-24 21:53:49 KST
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Rahmat Bibi says she was devastated when doctors in Afghanistan said her heart disease could not be cured.
She received surgery at the Korean Hospital in Bagram Airfield one month ago and is now waiting to return home.


??I received medical treatment for one year but I didn??t get better. I??m so happy to have recovered here and I can??t wait to see my family.??

Every day, around 250 Afghans like Rahmat visit the Korean Hospital in Bagram Airfield.
The hospital, one of the Korean Provincial Reconstruction Team??s reconstruction projects for Afghanistan, has treated some 150-thousand Afghans over the last four years.
The Vocational Training Center is another key project of the Korean PRT that has helped change the lives of people like Faisal Safi, a student-turned-teacher at the center??s electricity department.


??My life has completely changed since four or five years that I??ve been here. Because I??m an electrician, I can get a job very easily to support my family.??

The Korean PRT -- consisting of the government, the military and the private sector ? completed its mission in Afghanistan on Monday, local time.
Since 2010, it has dispatched a total of 2500 personnel to share Korea??s development experience in the fields of health, education, rural development and governance.

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??We are the only aid recipient. country to have turned into a donor country. This was clearly demonstrated in Afghanistan. Our activity has given hope to Afghans and became a source of pride for Koreans.??

And while the PRT era has come to an end, Korea??s mission to secure lasting stability in Afghanistan does not end here.

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??The Korean Hospital, Bagram Airfield and the Vocational Training Centre will remain open to assist those in need as Afghanistan continues its reconstruction efforts.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News, Bagram.??


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