A decade of escalating violence in Afghanistan killed or injured 10,000 last year, and estimates show the Taliban now commands 70% of the country.
The fighting is an everyday reality for civilians and staff who pass through Kabul’s Surgical Center for War Victims, their lives littered with shrapnel, landmines and innumerable casualties.
During a 10-day visit to the Emergency International-run hospital, Journalists Francesca Mannocchi and Alessio Romenzi documented some of their stories.
“Your children are playing, and suddenly a bullet comes from the mountains,” said Muhammad Youssef, whose 2-year-old son lost an arm after being hit with a bullet. He had been playing football.