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Carnage and corruption overshadow Afghanistan election

Carnage and corruption overshadow Afghanistan election

9/22/2019 5:15:00 PM

Carnage and corruption overshadow Afghanistan election

‘The main aim of the Afghan people should be to avoid getting blown up between now and the end of the week when we vote’, says 20-year-old Afghan student

1/20Andrew Quilty/Save the Children2/20Nooria*, 15 in the home her family has lived in for the past two years in Mazar-i SharifShe was forced to flee her home with her family after their town was attacked by armed groups. Nooria describes a rocket hitting her neighbours home killing many inside. They fled on foot with just the clothes on their backs and she now lives in Mazari Shariff where Save the Children have enrolled her in school and provide vocational training

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Andrew Quilty/Save the Children3/20Nooria* hopes for a future with no war;"When they attacked our village, the rocket hit our neighbour's house and they all died. Our house then caught fire and we ran away. My friends who I used to play with - I still don't know if they are alive or if they are dead.”

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children4/20“I'm hoping for a better future, to learn, to support my family and to get them out of this difficult life. And I'm hoping for a future where there is no war.”Andrew Quilty/Save the Children5/20Naveed*, 16 at his family home in Mazar-i Sharif

Naveed lost his leg when he stepped on a mine aged just 8-years-old. He was herding the family's sheep in the mountains near their home when he triggered a landmineAndrew Quilty/Save the Children6/20After months of medical treatment his right leg was eventually amputated. He received physiotherapy and a prosthetic leg from the International Committee for the Red Cross in Mazar

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children7/20Now enrolled in school, Naveed is being given vocational training by Save the Children. “For around a year I felt and dreamt that I still had my leg. But when I woke up and saw, there was no leg. Sometimes I’d feel with my hand to check and find it wasn't there.”

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children8/20“If someone has loses their leg, it does not mean that they have lost their mind."Andrew Quilty/Save the Children9/20"With the help of our minds we can continue to study, learn, and work to make the future of our families brighter.”

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children10/20Naveed and Mahboob*, 55 (Naveed's father)Several years ago Neveed's father, Mahboob, was brutally beaten with rifle butts by armed groups after, he says, he failed to provide food for them while they were stationed in the family's village. He suffered brain damage which affected the right side of his body, speech and his brain function

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Andrew Quilty/Save the Children11/20Habiba*, 14, and Arezo*, 15 in a village outside KabulHabiba and Arezo were injured with their mother three years ago in a suicide bombing in Kabul. Arezo is still traumatised from what she saw and has become completely withdrawn

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children12/20Arezo's younger sister Habiba cares for her, takes her to lessons and anywhere she wants to go. They are both in school through Save the Children's 'Steps towards Afghan girls' education success' (STAGES) programme, which helps the most marginalised girls get access to education, stay in school and learn.

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children13/20Habiba says: “When I woke up and I opened my eyes I saw lots of bodies and I thought I was not alive any more. It was horrible. I'll never forget that. Whenever there is a big sound she gets scared because she was traumatised by the sound she heard during the attack. I love my sister, and I help her with her lessons, I take her anywhere."

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children14/20"She's older than me but I feel like the older one because I support her. I hope for a better future for me and my sister.”Andrew Quilty/Save the Children15/20Khalida*, 10 in a classroom in a village outside Kabul

Two years ago Khalida lost her 18-year old brother when he was killed in an explosion in Kabul. She misses him every day and says the family are still carrying the grief of his lossAndrew Quilty/Save the Children16/20"Two years ago, my brother was going to Kabul when an explosion happened and he lost his life. We are still carrying the grief and are crying over him. At the time we were happy, everyone was happy. Now no-one is happy in the family. When I remember him, I cry and feel so bad. I hope for peace and that war will stop, and that nobody loses their brother”

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children17/20“I want to get education to become a teacher. I want to teach others who have never been to school”Andrew Quilty/Save the Children18/20Sema*,11 at her family home in KabulSema recalls coming home from her aunt's house and being told that her father had been killed in a suicide attack

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Andrew Quilty/Save the Children19/20Sema still thinks about him every second and likes to look at his prayer beads (Tisbeh) to remember him. They hang from the curtain in the family home. She loves school and wants to become a teacher one day. Sema says she wants peace in her country to stop other children losing their fathers. “We still have lots of his belongings, like his car, his clothes, his watch, his shoes. Whenever we see them we cry. He gave us all so much love every moment and he is on our minds. I want for the powerful people around the world to stop the war and bring peace, because I don't want other children to lose their fathers.”

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children20/20“I want to become a teacher to serve the country and I don't want any girls to be illiterate. I want to teach all the girls, so they have access to education.” *Names have been changed to protect identitiesAndrew Quilty/Save the Children

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children2/20Nooria*, 15 in the home her family has lived in for the past two years in Mazar-i SharifShe was forced to flee her home with her family after their town was attacked by armed groups. Nooria describes a rocket hitting her neighbours home killing many inside. They fled on foot with just the clothes on their backs and she now lives in Mazari Shariff where Save the Children have enrolled her in school and provide vocational training

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children3/20Nooria* hopes for a future with no war;"When they attacked our village, the rocket hit our neighbour's house and they all died. Our house then caught fire and we ran away. My friends who I used to play with - I still don't know if they are alive or if they are dead.”

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children4/20“I'm hoping for a better future, to learn, to support my family and to get them out of this difficult life. And I'm hoping for a future where there is no war.”Andrew Quilty/Save the Children5/20Naveed*, 16 at his family home in Mazar-i Sharif

Naveed lost his leg when he stepped on a mine aged just 8-years-old. He was herding the family's sheep in the mountains near their home when he triggered a landmineAndrew Quilty/Save the Children6/20After months of medical treatment his right leg was eventually amputated. He received physiotherapy and a prosthetic leg from the International Committee for the Red Cross in Mazar

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children7/20Now enrolled in school, Naveed is being given vocational training by Save the Children. “For around a year I felt and dreamt that I still had my leg. But when I woke up and saw, there was no leg. Sometimes I’d feel with my hand to check and find it wasn't there.”

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children8/20“If someone has loses their leg, it does not mean that they have lost their mind."Andrew Quilty/Save the Children9/20"With the help of our minds we can continue to study, learn, and work to make the future of our families brighter.”

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children10/20Naveed and Mahboob*, 55 (Naveed's father)Several years ago Neveed's father, Mahboob, was brutally beaten with rifle butts by armed groups after, he says, he failed to provide food for them while they were stationed in the family's village. He suffered brain damage which affected the right side of his body, speech and his brain function

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children11/20Habiba*, 14, and Arezo*, 15 in a village outside KabulHabiba and Arezo were injured with their mother three years ago in a suicide bombing in Kabul. Arezo is still traumatised from what she saw and has become completely withdrawn

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children12/20Arezo's younger sister Habiba cares for her, takes her to lessons and anywhere she wants to go. They are both in school through Save the Children's 'Steps towards Afghan girls' education success' (STAGES) programme, which helps the most marginalised girls get access to education, stay in school and learn.

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children13/20Habiba says: “When I woke up and I opened my eyes I saw lots of bodies and I thought I was not alive any more. It was horrible. I'll never forget that. Whenever there is a big sound she gets scared because she was traumatised by the sound she heard during the attack. I love my sister, and I help her with her lessons, I take her anywhere."

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children14/20"She's older than me but I feel like the older one because I support her. I hope for a better future for me and my sister.”Andrew Quilty/Save the Children15/20Khalida*, 10 in a classroom in a village outside Kabul

Two years ago Khalida lost her 18-year old brother when he was killed in an explosion in Kabul. She misses him every day and says the family are still carrying the grief of his lossAndrew Quilty/Save the Children16/20"Two years ago, my brother was going to Kabul when an explosion happened and he lost his life. We are still carrying the grief and are crying over him. At the time we were happy, everyone was happy. Now no-one is happy in the family. When I remember him, I cry and feel so bad. I hope for peace and that war will stop, and that nobody loses their brother”

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children17/20“I want to get education to become a teacher. I want to teach others who have never been to school”Andrew Quilty/Save the Children18/20Sema*,11 at her family home in KabulSema recalls coming home from her aunt's house and being told that her father had been killed in a suicide attack

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children19/20Sema still thinks about him every second and likes to look at his prayer beads (Tisbeh) to remember him. They hang from the curtain in the family home. She loves school and wants to become a teacher one day. Sema says she wants peace in her country to stop other children losing their fathers. “We still have lots of his belongings, like his car, his clothes, his watch, his shoes. Whenever we see them we cry. He gave us all so much love every moment and he is on our minds. I want for the powerful people around the world to stop the war and bring peace, because I don't want other children to lose their fathers.”

Andrew Quilty/Save the Children20/20“I want to become a teacher to serve the country and I don't want any girls to be illiterate. I want to teach all the girls, so they have access to education.” *Names have been changed to protect identitiesAndrew Quilty/Save the Children

The victims were mainly doctors, nurses, patients and visiting families. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying they were targeting an intelligence services office next door.Another 30 people were killed in a US air strike in Khoygani district in Nangarhar province in the east.

Villagers and local Afghan officials said the deadwere farmers working on a field of pine nutsin a densely forested area.The American military initially stated that their drone had been targeting Isis fighters and efforts were ongoing to establish the identities of the victims. 

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