22-year-old Sharifa is one of the thousands of Afghan mothers struggling to overcome the hurdles that are posed by a healthcare system weakened by decades of war, poor facilities, and social and cultural barriers that are difficult to break.
In Lashkar-Gah, southwest Afghanistan, the war continues to create victims.
The city has been bombarded in recent days and is surrounded by Taliban militia. There are intense battles just a few miles away. Most roads are now closed and our staff are shut into our Surgical Centre for War Victims, having stockpiled fuel, gas, oxygen, food, water, and medication for the days ahead.
The location of the hospital is constantly made aware to all belligerents involved in the conflict, who are asked to respect the facilities, its patients and personnel.
In the meantime, the operating rooms are working non-stop.
Our thanks and thoughts go to all of our colleagues – doctors, nurses, and technicians – who have stayed behind in dangerous conditions to treat the constant flow of victims provided by the madness of war.
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