"An epidemic is about to break out here. Over two thousand cases have been reported so far that would meet the case definition of cholera," said Fred Hartman, technical director for the US-backed Rural Expansion of Afghanistan's Community-based Health Care programme.
...Cholera is a major killer in developing countries, where it is spread mainly through contaminated food or water. The bacterium attacks the intestine and causes severe diarrhea and dehydration.
There was a cholera outbreak in northern Afghanistan in 2001, so it's not like conditions are worse since we toppled the Taliban. Still, how much time must we spend rebuilding a nation before it's actually better than the day we bombed it?