SCA clinic destroyed to ruins

 


A clinic supported by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) was destroyed to ruins and six patients were injured in the bombing in Saidabad on Saturday the 1st of September in Wardak province. Now the Country Director of the Swedish Committee of Afghanistan (SCA) expresses his concern about health centers and education facilities being hit in suicide attacks.

-       We are deeply saddened to learn that there were casualties among patients due to this attack, says Andreas Stefansson, the Country Director of SCA. 

The six wounded were waiting in line outside the SCA-supported clinic at the time of the attack. It is yet unknown how severe the injuries are, but the patients have been brought to Shaniz hospital for further treatment. The clinic was turned into ruins with most of the equipment damaged.

 An SCA-supported school two kilometers away from the explosions was also damaged. Fortunately no students and school staff were injured as the school was closed at the time.

 -       It is a great concern to SCA that ordinary Afghan children, women and men are prevented from accessing public services due to the fear of attacks, says Andreas Stefansson. SCA is, however, determined to continue working for strengthened access to health care and education in rural Afghanistan. 

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is a non-for-profit and non-governmental organization working since 1982 to help rebuild Afghanistan. SCA is today active in 16 provinces, primarily in the fields of education, health, disability and rural development.

 At the Saidabad attack two suicide attackers detonated their explosives near a US base in the Saidabad district. The dead currently include nine civilians and four policemen, with an additional 80 people injured.