1-12 | This piece was originally published in english on ForeignPolicy.com's AfPak ChanneBy Michiel HOFMANAs dissection of the Obama Administration’s Afghanistan strategy review continues, lost in the debate is the reality for Afghans trapped in the middle of this nine-year war. For them, seeking assistance provided by either side in the conflict has become almost as dangerous as going without it.
12-6 | MSF started working again in Afghanistan in October 2009, after a five-year absence following the assasination of five colleagues in Badghis province in June 2004. MSF’s return was motivated by an overall worsening in healthcare provision as the country became once again engulfed by war. The Afghan population has been trapped for years in conditions of poverty and a general lack of access to medical treatment, particularly to secondary health care.
8-9 | MSF is shocked by the killing of a medical team from the humanitarian organisation 'International Assistance Mission' (IAM) in Badakhshan, Afghanistan.This can only detrimentally affect and undermine the work carried out by the medical community in the country, and the Afghan people relying heavily on this much needed assistance. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and our colleagues at IAM.
6-24 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff worked together with local hospital staff at Boost hospital, Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province, to treat 24 wounded after four explosions occurred in the city centre on Sunday morning, 20th June
3-18 | “Here, doctor is free and medicine is free. I don’t even have my own home, but still, I was able to get my one year old child vaccinated and examined in this hospital.”