Maidan Shahr is a town around 50km from Kabul, on the main road from the capital to Kandahar.
People running through the hospital in serious conditions. Someone in shock. A wounded leg amputated in the operating theatre. Then contractions.
When Zarbibi turned up at our Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul, she was pregnant and injured. Fighting was still raging in the capital, just a couple of miles from our hospital, and the area was awash with blood. Despite being only six months pregnant, she gave birth to a little girl. And just look at them now, a few days later, mother and daughter wrapped up together in a blanket.
Zarbibi and Maysaa are two brave women. To them, and all the women who fight every day to improve the world, we dedicate this #InternationalWomenDay2020