Ghazni, a city about 150km south of Kabul, had a morning of intense fighting earlier this month between Afghan and Taliban forces: the explosion of three car bombs near the offices of the police and secret services was followed by three hours of violent clashes, with heavy artillery. The EMERGENCY First Aid Post (FAP) in the city was damaged, but is still open; the staff have treated 43 people, all with superficial wounds.
Our hospital in Kabul received the most serious casualties, brought from the FAP in the EMERGENCY ambulance or sent there from the provincial hospital of Ghazni. There’s also been fighting in Sirobi, to the east of the capital; two women with bullet wounds came to us from there. The situation in Afghanistan is getting steadily worse.
Twenty percent of the wounded were under 14 years of age.
EMERGENCY has been working in Afghanistan since 1999, with a Surgical Center for war victims in Kabul and another in Lashkar-gah (Helmand), a hospital and a Maternity Centre in Anabah (Panjshir Valley), 40 First Aid Posts and Health Centers, and a healthcare assistance program in the prisons of Kabul. In Afghanistan, EMERGENCY has treated close to 4,000,000 people.