Medical and surgical treatment for the victims of a decades-long war.
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For over 40 years, Afghanistan has been devastated by a conflict that has killed over one million people, left hundreds of thousands wounded and disabled, and created over four million refugees. The war that began in October 2001 continues to injure, kill and destroy. The legacy of previous wars continue to remain: anti-personnel mines and unexploded ordinance continue to wound children and adults, overwhelmingly civilians.
The announcement of the withdrawal of international troops from Afghan soil following the Doha agreements has caused an escalation in violence. The Taliban quickly regained control of many areas of the country, until they reached the capital Kabul in mid-August 2021.
In some cases, fighting has taken place near our hospitals, forcing us to move our patients to more protected areas and to distribute leaflets requesting that warring parties respect our facilities and ensure their safety. Despite this, our hospitals have never stopped being operational and continue to be a point of reference for the local population. We are offering free, high-quality care to the victims of the conflict, as we have always done.
We started working in Afghanistan in 1999. Since then, we have treated over 7 million people.