Afghanistan

Fighting in Afghanistan has been intense since May, but in recent weeks the clashes between the Afghan army and the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan (also known as the Taliban) have increased in intensity and have moved into more urban areas such as Lashkar Gah city in Helmand Province. “There has...

The heavy clashes that erupted in and around Lashkar Gah city on 11 October so far show no signs of abating. The main trauma hospital for war-wounded, run by another medical organisation, remains under pressure.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has announced its decision to end activities and withdraw from Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul, following the brutal attack of 12 May in which 16 mothers were systematically shot dead. An MSF midwife working for the organisation, two children aged 7 and 8 and six other people...

Zahra Koochizad is the MSF midwife supervisor in the MSF maternity wing of Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

In the days following the attack to Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul, it has become clear that what happened in Kabul on 12 May was a deliberate assault on a maternity hospital with the purpose of killing mothers in cold blood. “I went back the day after the attack and what I saw in the maternity...
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is devastated after yesterday's sickening attack on pregnant women, mothers and their babies at our maternity in Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. While pregnant women and babies were seeking healthcare, in one of the most...
Special care for sick newborns A mother of eight holds her sick baby in the newborn unit in Dasht-e-Barchi. Her first seven children were born at home but now that Médecins Sans Frontières offers free maternal care, she decided to come to the hospital. © Aurelie Baumel/MSF Médecins Sans Frontières...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is shocked by the attack against humanitarian workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Jawzan province, Afghanistan, on Wednesday 8 February. The attack resulted in the death of six ICRC staff and two staff left unaccounted for. MSF staff...
Christopher Stokes, MSF General Director Today, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is remembering one of the darkest moments in its history. On 3 October 2015, U.S. airstrikes killed 42 people and destroyed the MSF trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. As we grieve the loss of our colleagues and...
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