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Former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai says the Taliban have to correct their mistakes in the country, as does the United States. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Hamid Karzai stays on in Afghanistan — hoping for the best, but unable to leave

When the Taliban reclaimed Kabul last August, the U.S.-backed government collapsed and hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled the country. Former president Hamid Karzai was not one of them.

Tomeka Kimbrough-Hilson was diagnosed with uterine fibroids in 2006 and underwent surgery to remove a non-cancerous mass. When she started experiencing symptoms again in 2020, she was unable to get an appointment with a gynecologist. Her experience was not uncommon, according to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Nicole Buchanan for NPR hide caption

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A 'staggering' number of people couldn't get care during the pandemic, poll finds

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Former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai says the Taliban have to correct their mistakes in the country, as does the United States. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Hamid Karzai stays on in Afghanistan — hoping for the best, but unable to leave

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