The attack on the Park Palace Hotel in Kabul has momentarily drawn attention to what is happening in Afghanistan.
This violence shouldn’t surprise anyone, however. For years we’ve been registering an increase in the number of war victims in the country. The statistics tell a very clear story:
In that same period, the number of wounded children went up by 22%.
And the situation has gotten worse this year: from January to April 2015, there was a 39% increase in our number of admissions in comparison to the same period one year ago.
These numbers definitely do not describe a country in which “peace has been restored.”
At our Kabul hospital, we just opened a new surgery unit that is larger and better equipped. The unit contains three new operating theaters [pictured] along with intensive and sub-intensive care units in order to improve our capacity to respond to conflict-related emergencies. And, unfortunately, it is desperately needed.
To help provide free high standard surgical care to civilian casualties of the escalating violence in Afghanistan