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It is still common in Afghanistan to see donkeys with slit nostrils – this was done in the mistaken belief that it improves the airflow into the nose and hence is better for the donkeys when they are working hard in the thin air of the mountains...
Sufficient and clean water supplies to prepare tea and hydrate people and animals is a challenge in many communities. Thirty years of war has left most of the traditional water supplies and irrigation systems in tatters.
In a series of blogs from Afghanistan, The Brooke's head of animal welfare and research, Karen Reed, visits areas where the Brooke works - or plans to work - and contrasts them with areas where working animals are not so fortunate.