Afghan Women Rally to Breastfeed Babies of Kabul Maternity Hospital Attack

Gunmen stormed a maternity hospital in Dasht-e-Barchi area of the capital on 12 May. Witnesses told reporters the assailants shot people at random, including mothers, nurses, and children. The aid group Médecins Sans Frontières runs a 30-bed maternity unit at the hospital.

The suicide bombing attack and ensuing gun battles killed at least 24 civilians, including 2 infants, mothers, nurses and wounded more than a dozen.

There are at least 20 newborns whose mothers are feared to be dead.

In a moving act of selfless kindness, a number of lactating women have stepped in to feed the babies, according to the social media.

Mother of a 14-month-old baby, Feroza Omar, initiated the extraordinary act of kindness after arriving at the Ataturk Hospital in Kabul, where the babies were admitted, soon after the attack.

She said: ‘All of us have been damaged by criminals who are destroying humanity in Afghanistan. I am one of those.’

After the attack at Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in West Kabul, security forces rushed to take the babies to safety and for treatment at Ataturk Children’s Hospital.

It is still not clear who carried out the attack at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul.

However, the Taliban militants have denied involvement in the hospital attack.

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