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 Tuesday, truck and car bombs hit police stations and government buildings in several Afghan provinces, and were followed by armed clashes. Even in Kabul, the capital, there have been explosions. Dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries, with many civilians among them.
So far, 38 wounded patients were taken to our Kabul Surgical Centre – another 3 did not make it and died on the way. Mass casualty procedures are active and more injured patients are arriving.
“It’s going to be a long night,” wrote Dejan, our coordinator in Kabul.