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Afghan Mothers ask MSF to Continue Maternity Mission

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghan mothers in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul on Saturday appealed to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to resume its health activities in the vicinity, days after the MSF in a statement announced that it had decided to end activities and withdraw from Dasht-e-Barchi maternity hospital following the attack on the hospital on May 12.
The women said that pregnant women will lose their lives before reaching other hospitals in the city due to certain problems such as poverty and the hardship of traveling long distances.
MSF said that the decision was made after the attack on the maternity ward on May 12, in which 24 were killed and 16 others were wounded. “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has announced our decision to end activities and withdraw from Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul, Afghanistan, following the brutal attack on our maternity wing on May 12, in which 16 mothers were systematically shot dead.
An MSF midwife, two children aged 7 and 8, and six other people present at the time of the attack were also killed,” said MSF. Over the past few weeks, local elders in Dahst-e-Barchi held several meetings with MSF to try and convince the body to continue its operation in the area.

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