KABUL, Afghanistan – It is a place as necessary as it is tragic: a fortified hospital in the center of Kabul, brimming with broken bones and bullet-battered children, those who have lost limbs and loved ones in the bloodshed that has gripped Afghanistan.
But since Aug. 15 – the day that the Taliban surged through the gates of the capital to hoist their white-and-black flag in the presidential palace – Kabul’s intensive care hospital dedicated to treating the war-wounded has noticed a marked shift in the nature of admissions.
“There has been a noticeable change in the injuries,” Alberto Zanin, the medical coordinator of the Italy-based NGO EMERGENCY, tells me from the small walled garden in the center of the hospital – a grassy pocket of paradise inside the pandemonium. “There used to be many IEDs, bombs and explosions targeting around the city. Now, things are different.”
Zanin pledges that a strange sort of “peace” washed over