As armed males rampaged by an Afghan hospital, capturing useless moms and infants, a bunch of pregnant girls hid in a room with one in every of them about to present start.
“The mom was in ache however was attempting to not make any sound,” stated a midwife who helped ship the infant woman and sever the umbilical wire together with her naked fingers.
“She even put her finger within the new child child’s mouth to cease her from crying,” the lady informed AFP by cellphone on Friday, her voice nonetheless shaking three days after the assault in Kabul.
The raid on the Barchi Nationwide Hospital left 24 folks useless, together with newborns, moms and nurses, and sparked worldwide outrage.
There have been 26 moms within the hospital on the morning gunmen posing as members of the Afghan safety forces burst in, stated the Medical doctors With out Borders charity, which runs the maternity ward.
Eleven of them have been killed through the hourslong assault, together with three in a supply room with their new child infants. 5 have been wounded.
One other 10 sheltered in “protected rooms”, that are widespread in Afghanistan and are sometimes armoured to guard the occupants from gunfire or rockets.
The midwife, who spoke to AFP on the situation of anonymity, additionally rushed to one of many protected rooms when the emergency siren went off.
As she and among the girls huddled inside, they might hear gunshots because the attackers went from room to room all through the hospital.
Then one of many girls started to present start.
“We helped her with our naked fingers, we had nothing else within the room besides some bathroom paper and our scarves,” the midwife stated.
“When the infant was born, we reduce the umbilical wire utilizing our fingers. We used our headscarves to wrap the infant and the mom.”
Because the terrified girls tried to remain quiet, they might hear the gunmen outdoors asking them to open the door.
“However we knew they weren’t (safety drive members),” she stated.
Three gunmen have been later killed by Afghan safety forces.
After the assault 18 infants have been taken to a different hospital for remedy — a few of them carried from the scene by closely armed troopers.
No group has claimed the assault, however america has blamed the Islamic State group.
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