Young women from all over Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province study midwifery for eighteen months in the capital city of Faizabad. The next class of students will graduate in the coming weeks -- then return to their villages. Jim Wildman/NPR hide caption

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In Afghanistan, Midwives 'Are Like Guardian Angels For Infants And Mothers'

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On 'Morning Edition': Midterms & Redistricting

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Petraeus: U.S. To Pursue 'More Nuanced' Operations In Kandahar

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Gov. Atta Mohammad Noor, in his office in Afghanistan's  Balkh province. He once led Northern Alliance fighters against the Taliban. Today, he's a successful politician. Despite his past, he's willing to support negotiations with the Taliban. Jim Wildman/NPR hide caption

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