23 years ago, EMERGENCY opened a First Aid Post in Afghanistan.
EMERGENCY’S SURGICAL CENTRE FOR WAR VICTIMS HAS RECEIVED 26 INJURED PATIENTS AND ONE PERSON DEAD ON ARRIVAL
At least 40 people have been killed and 52 more injured by a bomb explosion near a school in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in Kabul this afternoon, according to local sources.
Marco Puntin, EMERGENCY’s Programme Coordinator in Afghanistan, said:
“We have received 26 injured people so far, almost all girls and young women between 12 and 20 years old, whilst one person had already died on arrival. It seems that the explosions were caused by a car bomb and two IEDs. We are ready to provide maximum support to all victims, but we are extremely concerned by this escalation of violence in Kabul and other parts of the country in recent weeks, following the announcement of the withdrawal of NATO troops.”
In the first three months of 2021, the Kabul Surgical Centre for War Victims received 640 war-wounded patients, a 21% increase on the same period last year.
EMERGENCY has been working in Afghanistan since 1999 and now operates two Surgical Centres for War Victims in Kabul and Lashkar-Gah, a Surgical & Paediatric Centre and Maternity Centre in Anabah, and a network of 44 First Aid Posts. In the first three months of 2021, our hospitals received 1,407 patients with war injuries, a 44% increase on the same period last year.
EMERGENCY is an independent, neutral organisation, founded in 1994 to offer free, high-quality medical and surgical treatment to victims of war, landmines and poverty. Since then EMERGENCY has treated over 11 million people: one every minute. EMERGENCY promotes a culture of peace, solidarity and respect for human rights.