In 2020, Afghans were not just hit by a global pandemic, but also continued to endure an endless conflict that wounds and kills so many people.
Yesterday morning, another suicide attack hit Kabul. The explosion, that caused the death of at least 7 people according to the Afghan Ministry of Internal Affairs, took place by the entrance of a building where a political rally was being held in support of regional leader Atta Mohammad Noor, Governor of the Balkh province.
“We received 20 patients straight away at our Surgical Centre, a couple of kilometres away from the site of the explosion. Three of them were dead on arrival, while three others have been hospitalised and are in a critical condition. Among the three dead patients was a child. We don’t know his identity, no one came to look for him. He must have been around 10”, says Giorgia Novello, Medical Coordinator in Kabul.
“There was a storm in Kabul this morning, it was hailing very loudly, but despite the fact that winter came, the situation doesn’t change much in Afghanistan. This year, on average, 9 war victims were hospitalised every day in our hospital in Kabul. We are literally witnessing a daily war”, continues Giorgia.
In Afghanistan, over 70,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in the previous 8 years of war. During the first nine months of 2017, 8,019 civilian casualties were recorded. 1 in every 3 is a child (source: UNAMA).
Since December 1999, EMERGENCY has treated over 5,583,000 people in Afghanistan.