Better known as the Angel of Kabul, Alberto Cairo, head of the Orthopaedic Centers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan, received on the 20th of July the Afghan Citizenship from the President Ashraf Ghani.
A reason of satisfaction and proud for Italy and for the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation that started the collaboration with ICRC many years ago, funding the establishing of the Physical Rehabilitation Program.
Alberto Cairo moved to Afghanistan in 1990 and since then has been working for the Afghans made disabled by war. To respond to the high demand for prosthesis, ICRC opened in the nineties new rehabilitation centers, firstly in Mazar e Sharif and then in Herat. Today he manages 7 Centers in the Country. Along the year the Centers expanded its assistance to any others kind of disabilities, such as congenitals conditions, cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, poliomyelitis. To date, the total number of patients registered at the Orthopaedic Centers is over 180.000.
President Ghani expressed his esteem for Cairo saying that in almost 30 years of presence within the Country he did a lot for the Afghan people, especially the war victims.
Is correct. Despite the conflicts, the bombing attacks, the rockets which affected the Country, Alberto Cairo stayed always in the frontline to support the Afghans, the amputees, the disabled, trying to give them another chance of life, through a prosthesis, through a job opportunity, through a project of social reintegration. He has been the most welcomed and loved foreigner in Afghanistan. Not anymore. Now is an Afghan.