Afghanistan, a community in Akko local government area of Gombe state, is said to be the worst place to get pregnant.

The reason is not far-fetched - pregnant women in the community face a lot of hardship to put to bed because of lack of maternity homes or hospitals.

Dwellers in the 14-year old community that is home to more than five thousand households, are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and very poor families.

Investigation by Bounce News revealed that the community is 3.6 kilometers away from the Gombe metropolis, yet residents suffer lack of access road, drinking water, schools and hospitals.

Malam Sani, who recently lost his wife at childbirth, told Bounce News that he was forced to relocate to the community from Barunde Quarters.


"I knew about the conditions of roads to this community and I know that there is no hospital here but I had no choice because I couldn't afford to continue paying rent".

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Another resident, Adamu Muhammad Sale told Bounce News that he almost dashed out his hope of coming to live in his own house.

“The day I was moving in with family I saw a pregnant woman being rushed to hospital in Kuskus (Wheelbarrow truck) and she eventually died.

"You see this golly erosion that separated us from Gombe metropolis is very big and dangerous for motorist to ply on,” he said.

"It is true that Governor Dankwambo is working but we in Afghanistan are yet to see his handwork as two out of my five children have dropped out of school.

"We cannot send them to school and have peace of mind because of the nature of our road,” a mother Zainab Ibrahim Ahmed said.


Residents feel neglected by government because despite being few meters away from civilization, Afghanistan is an empty kingdom.

This was expressed in words of Bose Isah who said, "with a span of bridge we will be connected to Gombe and that will bring an end to most of our problem.

“If not for poverty, how can somebody leave Pantami and come to live here without electricity, no road, no hospital, no school not to talk of drinking water and police station,” she said.

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