They are a young generation of Afghans who have never seen anything but war, but have dreams for their future.
The war has been devastating for a long time, but this year is particularly bad.
There was a 29% increase in civilian casualties from the violence in the first four months of this year compared to last, and we have seen this first hand in our hospitals across Afghanistan.
In Lashkar-Gah, the beginning of this year has been busier than ever for our hospital for war victims, treating over 1,000 victims already in just the first four months of 2021.
With Afghanistan’s healthcare system on a precipice, we are doing everything to reduce the burden and treat every person in need we can.
Our hospitals are ready for the umpteenth round of fighting and for yet another year with record numbers of patients.
After years of training, our Afghan staff are now managing their clinical work almost entirely independently.
All our facilities have been expanded and renovated to better handle the current volumes of patients.
Every day, we count the wounded, listen to Afghans’ stories of life and death, and hope for the day when war ends and our presence will no longer be needed here.
– Emanuele Nannini, EMERGENCY Field Operations Department
Afghanistan’s people need support right now.
COVID-19 is hammering the state healthcare system. The number of war victims is rising. It is an incredibly difficult time, but we will continue to treat those in need across the country.
©️ Mathieu Wilcocks