Via The Telegraph: Kabul records first polio case since 2001. Excerpt:
A three-year-old girl has been diagnosed with polio in Kabul, sparking a city-wide vaccination effort by the authorities.
While polio cases exist in small numbers elsewhere in Afghanistan, this case is the first in the capital since the Taliban's fall in 2001 and health ministry officials have launched a new vaccination drive in its wake.
The new case in Kabul was discovered in a very poor community of former herdsmen in the east of the city, the BBC reports.
The girl who contracted the disease, named only as Sakina, was diagnosed after she became paralysed.
Her father has now taken her to Pakistan for treatment.
Her uncle, Mohammed Azim, told the BBC that she complains: "I can't stand up. The other children are playing and I cannot."
The Afghan Taliban have only recently been persuaded that vaccination against diseases like polio is necessary. However, their counterparts in Pakistan are still opposed to immunisation.