Canada Afghanistan: the shattered lives of the victims of the Kabul maternity attack

14:56  25 may  2020
14:56  25 may  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Afghanistan: les vies brisées des victimes de l'attaque de la maternité de Kaboul © Provided by Le Point

Since the mid-May attack on a Kabul maternity where she came to give birth, Zia Gul can no longer sleep. "I have nightmares every night. I can barely sleep an hour, sometimes an hour and a half," she told AFP.

"As soon as I hear a loud sound or firecrackers, I think the attackers came to kill me," said the 28-year-old woman, sitting in the only room in her little house in a poor, dusty neighborhood. from the west of the Afghan capital.

On May 12, three armed men stormed four hours during a maternal care unit managed by Médecins sans frontières, targeting mothers and newborns. Twenty-four people lost their lives, many of them parturients.

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While the battle was underway, Afghan security forces struggled to evacuate the facility, carrying out babies and frantic young mothers, according to images shared by the Interior Ministry. An Afghan security officer carries a baby after gunmen attacked a maternity hospital, in Kabul , Afghanistan

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If Zia Gul managed to escape, her mother-in-law was killed in the attack, and her sister-in-law badly injured. "They came with me and were waiting for me," said the young woman, crying.

Little Roya was born an hour after the attack, in another hospital where her mother had been evacuated. Eyes covered with khol, she cries softly as volunteers around her work "Relief and emergency fund for Afghanistan" (Refa), a participatory emergency fund, who came to help her parents.

"Many of the affected families have very low incomes, or almost no income at all. We are doing our best to provide them with food support and basic materials for the children," said Behzad Ghyasi, chief operating officer of Refa en Afghanistan, after bringing nappies, powdered milk and other bottles for Roya.

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"We are very poor. My husband is deaf. Sometimes he works, but most of the time he cannot. In recent months, because of the confinement, it has been very difficult," agrees Zia Gul.

The Refa initiative was launched by Afghans at home and abroad to support poor families struggling to survive with the containment measures linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. A dozen families victims of the attack on maternity were also helped.

"No words"

The team visits Akram, 40, who lost his wife on May 12. "I have no words to describe what I saw," said the shopkeeper, looking lost after seeing "around 20 women killed", only to find his own in his hospital bed.

"When I found myself facing my wife, I did not recognize her ... I recognized her by her feet. Her face could not be," he recalls.

The assailants, according to Akram, first shot the victims in their beds. Then they came back "to stab" those who were still alive.

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The attack claimed the life of the only Sikh candidate running in elections in the country this year, a further blow to Afghanistan ’s once celebrated diversity, which has been badly affected by decades of violence. The suicide bombing was the second deadly attack in 24 hours in the province surrounding

The Islamic State group claimed the attack . IS has targeted Sikhs and other religious minorities before in Afghanistan . IS is less powerful than the Taliban in Afghanistan and has lost much of the territory it once controlled - but it has not been part of recent negotiations with the US and retains the

It wasn't until the next day, thanks to a Facebook post, that Akram found his daughter Maryam, who had been rescued and taken to another hospital.

As the Refa team unloads boxes of donations, Akram keeps Maryam in his arms, slow and careful gestures, looking sad and exhausted.

He also has two sons, 6 and 7 years old, and an elderly mother but does not know who will take care of Maryam when he returns to work in his store. "I think that (my mother) does not have the capacity to take care of the child," he sighs.

For Lyla Schwartz, a psychologist who visited the victims, the question is also who will help the victims cope with the trauma.

"These families do not have the access or the resources to see mental health professionals and receive the psychological support they need," warns this director of the NGO Peace of Mind Afghanistan.

The attack on motherhood, which particularly shocked Afghanistan, despite its horror of war, was not claimed. Washington blames the Islamic State group for this.

05/25/2020 10:13:55 - Kabul (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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