Two years ago, on October 3, 2015, a trauma hospital run by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was hit by repeated United States air strikes, killing 42 people. Even as the attack continued, our colleagues fought for their lives and for the lives of their patients with extraordinary determination and courage.
Today we honor our colleagues who died on that day and pledge to continue our work to ensure that hospitals are Not A Target.
Among those killed in the Kunduz attack was Zabiullah, age 29, who worked as a guard in the trauma hospital and was also a poet. He wrote:
"Time will fly, but its memory will remain,
Wounds will heal, but its stain will remain."
In July, MSF reopened a small medical clinic in Kunduz, our first facility there since the 2015 attack. "The opening of this clinic is the first step toward providing more medical assistance in Kunduz," Silvia Dallatomasina, head of programs for MSF in Afghanistan, told the Reuters news agency. "And for us it’s an important step."