Foreign Nationals Run to Raise Money for Two Afghan Anemia Patients

A number of foreign nationals, working for different institutions in Kabul, on Friday took part in a marathon within a compound to raise money for two Afghan sisters suffering from Anemia.

Participants hope to raise $100,000 for the sisters who need treatment abroad.

“We appreciate the support of runners, spectators and other people who give us energy and courage to keep on moving for the two girls,” an organizer of the event David Toreador said.

“We are moving in a really good direction, that is all I have to say,” another organizer of the event said.

It is hoped that more runners will join tomorrow Sunday as the event is being held over two days.

The money is being raised for Diba and Negina, whose father is a driver and is financially not able to cover their medical costs.

Islamuddin the father of the two girls works for a foreign firm and earns only 15,000 Afs a month. He says his girls need blood transfusions every 21 days. He is also the only breadwinner of his eight-member family.

“I am deeply concerned about the future of my other children. I spend a lot of money throughout the year and sometimes my relatives have to help me,” Islamuddin said.

Diba who is 18 years old left school this year due to financial issues facing her family.

“I was in 10th class, but this year I could not go to school due to massive problems. I dreamed of being a doctor, if I get my health back I am determined to continue my education,” Diba said.

“We have a lot of problems, and I understand that the people also have their own hardships, but I call on the people to support us,” Diba’s sister Negina said.

Organizers of the marathon have in the past carried out similar fund-raising projects.

Anemia is a condition in which the patient don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen through his/her body.

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