22-year-old Sharifa is one of the thousands of Afghan mothers struggling to overcome the hurdles that are posed by a healthcare system weakened by decades of war, poor facilities, and social and cultural barriers that are difficult to break.
On Friday morning, Kabul was hit by another attack: there was a strong explosion near a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers who had gathered for Friday prayers. The EMERGENCY Hospital received 27 injured.
“Kabul is an extremely insecure city,” says Dejan Panic, EMERGENCY Programme Coordinator in Afghanistan. “Every day we receive people injured by either bullets or blasts, it doesn’t matter. Every day we know that someone in the city will pay the price for this senseless war. This city, this country has no peace.”
According to UNAMA’s (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) latest report, 1,662 civilians were killed and 3,581 were injured during the first six months of 2017. UNAMA estimates that more than 40% of the victims were caused by explosive attacks.
Despite the presence of government and international representations, Kabul continues to be the city that has experienced most casualties – mainly due to suicide attacks: 986 deaths or wounded, an increase of 59% over the same period last year.
Despite the fact that the situation in the country deteriorates day by day, the European Union continues in its decision to repatriate Afghans.
In fact, last spring, the European Union and the Afghan government ratified an agreement for the repatriation, even when forced, of Afghans who have been denied asylum. Many European countries are already in the process of repatriating people.