After 11 days of clashes between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, fighting continues in Helmand province.
Since Sunday, EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah has received 132 patients with war injuries.
"Whilst in Doha there is talk of peace, the violence here in Afghanistan doesn’t stop. Civilians are already paying the price for this new wave of fighting in Helmand, " continues Puntin.
‘In our everyday work for almost two years now, we’ve seen with our own eyes the effects of the ‘Security’ legislative decree on thousands of people’s lives.
The Pact on Migration and Asylum has disappointed our hopes for a sharp change in direction by the European Commission.
That’s the side we will always be on, and we will keep going back out to sea to defend anyone fleeing war or poverty.’
Open Arms and EMERGENCY went back out to sea on 28 August, after many months in the harbour thanks to the pandemic, during which they reorganised the boat to partition everything.
The fresh attack comes just days after long-awaited peace talks began between the Afghan government and the Taliban leaders in Doha, in Qatar.
The mission will adhere strictly to the principles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Geneva Convention.
Saving people at sea should be the responsibility of European countries. Every government should have a search and rescue service that is constant and reliable.