Never in recent years have we hospitalised so many war victims as we did this July at the EMERGENCY Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah: 223.
And this month will certainly not be better than last month: yesterday morning the roads once again turned into a battlefield when a car bomb exploded in the city, near the Kabul Bank. The explosion also hit pupils from a nearby school.
Many children and women have been affected: one of them is pregnant and she is struggling for her and her child’s life.
Simon, our logistician, was at the airport when it happened: “Yesterday at 10:45, a car bomb exploded near the Kabul Bank and at the police station. I was at the airport with Salim and a member of the international staff who had to return to Kabul. Salim and I went straight back to the hospital when Ljubica, medical coordinator, asked to activate operations for a mass casualty.
In a very short time, more than 40 wounded arrived, of which only 24 were admitted. Three did not make it, they were dead on arrival – including a very small child, she must have been 5 years old.
We are fine and we worked all day. As soon as the situation seemed to quieten, other wounded patients arrived, injured by mines and bullets. Almost all of them civilians.”
There is no truce for anyone in Afghanistan.