During my time at FOB Tillman, we would have our medical clinic open everyday for 2 hours so that local Afghan villagers could receive medical care.Â In this extremely remote FOB situated along the Afghan – Pakistan border, it was common to have some villagers walk 2-3 hours to see the medics.Â Â We would see approximately 15-30 men and children at our clinic daily.
The one thing I didn’t see atÂ allÂ were women showing up to the clinic.Â Although I wasn’t surprised by the lack of adult female attendance as this was ultra-conservative Pashtun and Waziri tribal area, I knew that the women still needed medical care.Â After a little coordination, a US Army Reserve female physician assistant (PA),Â was flown in for a few days to help out.
Even though we had made sure to spread the word, we had very few females show to the clinic.Â On the PA’s last day, a local man approached with his wife and was very concerned.Â Our interpreter informed us that he was concerned that there was something wrong with his wife because she had not produced him any children yet and he wanted the female PA to fix her.
After a brief private exam the PA called the husband back into the clinic while the rest of us waited outside.Â After a few minutes theÂ husband emerged from the clinic with a relieved expression on his face as he led his wifeÂ from the FOB.Â After the clinic closed to the locals I asked the PA what she discovered that was wrong withÂ the local’sÂ wife.Â She stated that sheÂ couldn’t find anythingÂ “wrong” with his wife but after a few prodding questions she soonÂ discovered that the wife was a virgin as the husbandÂ had only engaged her in anal sex.Â That was when the PA had called the husband back into the clinic and gave him a crash course on sex education.Â No wonder why the man left with a smile and a bit more spring in his step.
This is just another example of how uneducated the majority of this country really is.Â Â It truly does needÂ all the help it can get.
LiveÂ free or die trying!