Civilian Toll, October 2010
Fighting continues to rage throughout Afghanistan between Coalition troops and insurgent forces. Its impact on the civilian population is increasingly severe.
The number of war casualties taken to Mirwais Regional Hospital in Kandahar for treatment is hitting record highs. The hospital registered almost twice as many new patients with weapon-related injuries in August and September 2010 as during the same months last year – close to 1,000 compared with just over 500 during the same period in 2009.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg, as those who suffer other sorts of injuries or contract disease as an indirect result of the conflict far outnumber weapon-wounded patients,” said Reto Stocker, head of the ICRC delegation in Kabul. Every day, there are mothers who bring their sick children to hospital too late because they are afraid to travel or are held up by roadblocks, and relatives who take patients home before their treatment is completed.