As armed males rampaged by way of an Afghan hospital on Tuesday, capturing lifeless moms and infants, a bunch of pregnant girls hid in a room with one among them about to present start.
“The mother was in pain but was trying not to make any sound,” mentioned a midwife who helped ship the newborn lady and sever the umbilical wire along with her naked arms.
“She even put her finger in the newborn baby’s mouth to stop her from crying,” the girl informed the AFP information company by telephone on Friday, her voice nonetheless shaking three days after the assault.
The raid within the maternity ward of Kabul’s Barchi National Hospital left 24 folks lifeless, together with newborns, moms and nurses.
There have been 26 moms within the hospital on the morning gunmen posing as members of the Afghan safety forces burst in, mentioned the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charity, which runs the maternity ward.
Eleven of them have been killed in the course of the hours-long assault, together with three in a supply room with their new child infants. Five others have been wounded.
At least six infants misplaced their moms in an assault that sparked worldwide outrage.
Another 10 sheltered in “safe rooms”, that are frequent in Afghanistan and are sometimes armoured to guard the occupants from gunfire or rockets.
Women gave start throughout assault
The midwife, who spoke to AFP on situation of anonymity, additionally rushed to one of many secure rooms when the emergency siren went off.
As she and a number of 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 bare hands, we had nothing else in the room except some toilet paper and our scarves,” the midwife mentioned.
“When the baby was born, we cut the umbilical cord using our hands. We used our headscarves to wrap the baby and the mother.”
As the terrified girls tried to remain quiet, they might hear the gunmen outdoors asking them to open the door. “But we knew they were not [security force members],” she mentioned.
Three gunmen have been later killed by Afghan safety forces.
After the assault, 18 infants have been taken to a different hospital for therapy – a few of them carried from the scene by closely armed troopers.
No group has claimed the assault, however the United States has blamed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) for it.