Today in Lashkar-Gah city in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, suspected Taliban fighters detonated suicide bombs, stormed the Kabul Bank of Lashkar-Gah, and engaged in a firefight with security forces. The bank is the site in which the salaries of local police are paid out and has been the target of numerous attacks in the past.
Twenty casualties were taken to EMERGENCY‘s Lashkar-Gah Surgical Center for War Victims in the city; 6 were already dead on arrival. As the fighting appeared to be drawing to a close, a car bomb exploded in the midst of the rescuers. This explosion broke all the windows of the EMERGENCY hospital and caused some structural damage, but luckily none of the patients or staff were hurt.
EMERGENCY has been in Lashkar-Gah since 2004 with the Surgical Center for War Victims. With escalating conflict following a decreased NATO military presence, the center has seen a dramatic increase in patients. Currently, the number of patients seen by the Lashkar-Gah Center is 50% higher than last year.
Due to the increasingly dangerous living conditions in recent years, five First Aid Posts have been set up in the villages close to the main town in order to guarantee immediate help for the wounded and quick, safe transport to the hospital when necessary.
To learn more about the current conflict in Afghanistan and its effects on EMERGENCY‘s Lashkar-Gah Surgical Center for War Victims:
Watch the VICE News short documentary Afghanistan: What We’re Leaving Behind about the victims of the current conflict coming into the Lashkar-Gah Surgical Center.
Click here to see a Washington Post piece with photos and stories of amputees at the center. Click here to read their article detailing the violence in the Helmand province and the influx of patients coming to the center.
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