Alleged human suffering and corruption at U.S.-funded Dawood National Military Hospital in Afghanistan has revealed horrific details of “Auschwitz-like” conditions in 2010 for wounded Afghan soldiers, according to U.S. media reports.
The investigation also revealed that the Army general then in charge of the multimillion Afghan training programs tried to block the probe.
Army Colonel Mark Fassl told Congress that when he requested the inspector general to probe alleged atrocities in the hospital, three-star general in charge William Caldwell admonished him, according a CBS News report.
“His first response to me was ‘how could we make that request with elections coming?’“ Fassl told a House oversight subcommittee.
Two investigations into the hospital abuses are currently underway: one concerns the Military Whistleblower Protection Act, which prohibits interference with a military member’s right to make protected communications to members of Congress, the other is related to Caldwell’s politically-motivated move to delay the probe until after the elections.
Three eyewitness U.S. Army colonels who blew the whistle on the scandal, in statements to Congress, painted disturbing images of the hospital with “open vats of blood draining from soldier’s wounds, feces on the floor, and Afghan doctors and nurses demanding bribes to provide patients with food and basic care,” according to CBS News.
BuzzFeed.com published “extremely graphic” images taken by U.S. military personnel inside the hospital.
“Patients were lying in filth, in some cases starving and with grotesque bed sores. One patient was on the brink of starving to death,” Colonel Gerald Nicholas Carozza was quoted by BuzzFeed.
“The Patients’ Bill of Rights posters were found ripped off the walls lying on the ground torn to pieces ‘to allow for painting of the walls.’” Carozza added.
Col. Schuyler Geller, the former Command Surgeon of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan told Congress, “Today, not just in 2010 or 2011, individuals...who perpetrated...unspeakable abuses upon Afghan soldiers, civilians and family members walk the halls of the Dawood Khan hospital unrepentant, unscathed, enriched, and still unprosecuted.”