Medical students rob graves for skeletons
- By: Karen Hebert
Afghan medical students are robbing graves for skeletons, according to a report by news agency AFP. Medical students in Afghanistan are required to have a skeleton with which to study anatomy and are expected to buy or otherwise get a skeleton themselves. In a country still experiencing extreme post-war poverty, this is financially impossible for most students.
The Japanese government recently donated a number of anatomical models to the University of Kabul, including a female and male skeleton. Although the models were greatly appreciated, a clear shortfall still remains in terms of numbers needed. The shortfall is a legacy of the Taliban regime where all pictures and models of humans were banned. The situation is so bad that some institutes do not possess a single skeleton.
During the civil war between 1992 and 1996, more than 80 000 people were killed. Many of the bodies could only be hastily buried