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Afghans visiting St. Louis to learn how to deal with disabilities

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A group of people from Afghanistan is in St. Louis to learn how to deal with, and set public policy for, a large number of disabilities in that country.

Many of the disabilities come from land mines, others from birth defects and poor maternal-child health care.

The Afghan visitors are touring schools, hospitals and independent living centers, and learning about laws that ensures rights for the disabled.

An international report last year said the highest number of reported land mine victims are in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Colombia. Afghanistan is littered with land mines left over from almost three decades of conflict.

The group was invited by Saint Louis University.

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