A total of 22 patients, including 20 women, have been received at EMERGENCY's Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul following the suicide attack that took place this morning, 30 September.
A year ago, the eyes of the world were on Afghanistan.
That attention was short-lived. Today, Afghanistan is a country abandoned by the international community, experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis, with increasing poverty and crime. According to the United Nations, at least 59% of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 23 million Afghans are at risk of severe food insecurity.
These are the consequences of decades of war. A very long conflict that, besides claiming hundreds of thousands of victims, has undermined the future of the country.
This is the situation we see from our hospitals, where we continue to do what we have been doing every day since 1999: treating those in need. We have done it more than 100,000 times this past year and we will continue.
We are not abandoning Afghanistan.