On 7th October 2001, the latest war began in Afghanistan.
Thirteen years have passed, and it's not over yet.
It was supposed to “defeat terrorism”, but the world is no safer now than it was then.
It was supposed to bring “peace, freedom and safety”, but you only have to look at our hospital registers to see that this is not the case:
Between January and July of this year, Emergency took in 2,608 war casualties and treated 5,581 wounded at our First Aid Posts.
In Kabul, 20% of the victims were under the age of 14.
In Lashkar-gah, 1 in 3 casualties was under the age of 14.
13% of the wounded were women.
Emergency has been working in Afghanistan since 1999, and has always said that war doesn't resolve problems; once again, that's all too clear. How many more victims do we still have to count before this is realised?
“It’s easy enough to dismiss pacifism as naïve. But nowhere does it appeal more strongly to reason than among the wounded and the maimed. At EMERGENCY’s hospital in Kabul, it’s not unusual to find Afghan national security forces recovering in the same ward as Taliban insurgents, and after a while, the ideas that make enemies of the two men lose their relevance.
Nearly everyone who works at EMERGENCY opposes not just the war in Afghanistan but war in general. If they didn’t feel this way before they arrived at the hospital, they inevitably come to before they leave.”
Read a New York Times article about EMERGENCY’s work in Afghanistan: “the Kabul hospital that treats all sides”: http://nyti.ms/1qnF9R5 #ThrowbackThursday