There was evidence of horrifying scenes – amputees being left to defecate in their own beds, blood draining from patients into open vats, maggots feeding on infected wounds — and all embedded in deep corruption. According to the report, doctors and nurses routinely demanded bribes for food and basic care. . . . This week it emerged that part of the reason why conditions at Dawood did not come to light earlier was the intervention of one senior U.S. officer. Lieutenant General William Caldwell, who was leading a training mission in Afghanistan, blocked an investigation into the hospital because he feared it might effect the 2010 U.S. Congress elections.
From ‘Kabul hospital hell reveals depth of corruption’ on July 27 by Ben Knight of Deutsche Welle.