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Doctors Without Borders Hospital Bombing fact Sheet

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Kunduz Hospital Attack: MSF Factsheet
The front gate at the MSF trauma hospital in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan.

October 07, 2015

From 2:08 a.m. until 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was hit by a series of aerial bombing raids at approximately 15-minute intervals. The main hospital building, which housed the intensive care unit, emergency rooms, and physiotherapy ward, was hit with precision, repeatedly, during each aerial raid, while surrounding buildings were left mostly untouched.

  • The total number of people killed in the attack is 22, including 12 MSF staff members and 10 patients. Thirty-seven people were injured, including 19 members of the MSF team.
  • From September 28, when major fighting broke out in Kunduz city, until the time of the attack, MSF teams in Kunduz had treated 394 wounded people in the hospital.
  • When the aerial attack occurred,there were 105 patients in the hospital and more than 80 MSF international and national staff present.
  • Our staff reported no armed combatants or fighting in the compound prior to the airstrike.
  • MSF’s facility in Kunduz was a fully functioning hospital that was full of patients and MSF staff.
  • The attacks took place despite the fact that MSF had provided the GPS coordinates of the trauma hospital to Coalition and Afghan military and civilian officials as recently as Tuesday, 29 September. The attack continued for more than 30 minutes after we first informed US and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington that it was a hospital being hit.
  • In the aftermath of the attack, the MSF team desperately tried to move wounded and ill patients out of harm’s way, and tried to save the lives of wounded colleagues and patients after setting up a makeshift operating theatre in an undamaged room.
  • MSF’s hospital was the only facility of its kind in northeastern Afghanistan, providing free high level life- and limb-saving trauma care. In 2014, more than 22,000 patients received care at the hospital and more than 5900 surgeries were performed.
  • The MSF hospital in Kunduz has been partially destroyed and is no longer operational. This leaves thousands of people without access to emergency medical care when they need it most.
  • We demand an independent investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission ( to establish the facts of this event. The IHFCC is not a UN body; it was created in 1991 by Additional Protocol 1, article 90 of the Geneva Conventions that govern the rules of war. The IHFCC is set up for precisely this purpose: to independently investigate violations of humanitarian law, such as attacks on hospitals, which are protected in conflict zones.
  • MSF started working in Afghanistan in 1980. In Kunduz, as in the rest of Afghanistan, national and international staff work together to ensure the best quality of treatment. MSF supports the Ministry of Public Health in Ahmad Shah Baba hospital in eastern Kabul; Dasht-e-Barchi maternity center in western Kabul; and Boost hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province. In Khost, in the east of the country, MSF operates a maternity hospital.
  • As in all its projects, MSF doctors treat people according to their medical needs and do not make distinctions based on a patient’s ethnicity, religious beliefs or political affiliation.
  • MSF relies only on private funding for its work in Afghanistan and does not accept money from any government.

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

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U.S. School shootings at home and Hospital Bombings abroad

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015





At Home & Abroad!  


C130 gunship

U.S. AC-130H Spectre gunship/bomber destroyed Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan killing 22 and wounding 37.  For more details on this Oct. 3, 2015 U.S. war crime see

The U.S. has bombed seven countries in recent years – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen killing an estimated 4 million Muslims and creating widespread chaos in the region, including waves of refugees.

      The Oregon college shooting is the 45th school shooting in the US for this year alone, and the 142nd since the attack at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012. Overall, there have been 994 U.S. mass shootings in the last 1,004 days. See a powerful graphic of these killings here:

      President Obama said “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough” before asking, once again, for voters to demand changes to the nation’s gun laws while he continues to bomb 7 countries.  I would say, thoughts and prayers, and changes to US gun laws are not enough either.  The US needs to end it’s addiction to violence, including war.  You can’t keep invading country after country, dropping bombs, initiating regime changes, transforming local police into para-military units gunning down people in our streets, and not expect such violence to be repeated in our schools, churches, etc. The chickens are coming home to roost.  Violence is as American as apple pie.

      As individuals, communities, and nations, we need to embrace nonviolence.  As Martin Luther King, Jr. said decades ago in very prophetic words: “It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence.  It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.”


1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.

Phone (808) 966-7622.

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The latest on the U.S. Bombing of the Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

Monday, October 5th, 2015

The latest on the U.S. Bombing of the Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

article by Glenn greenwald