Kabul is faced with almost daily blasts, most of which are targeted attacks or incidents of violent crime.
Qais, a flower seller in Shahr-e-Naw area in Kabul, says he continues to keep his hopes high, knowing that the routine security incidents are dampening people’s motivation to keep going on with their daily lives.
“We get fresh flowers from the north in spring and we import it from India and Pakistan in winter,” Qais said.
The Emergency Hospital that is located in front of Qais’s shop receives those wounded in blasts in Kabul.
“We get upset. Even our customers get upset and lose their morale (when they see the wounded brought to the hospital),” Qais said.
Khodadad, the relative of a wounded person who is being treated at Emergency Hospital, said his son was a police officer and was wounded in an explosion in Kabul’s PD16 some days ago. The blast killed one person and wounded three more, including Khodadad’s son.
“We are tired of these explosions. We are tired of the city of Kabul. Whenever we hear a sound, we think that an explosion has occurred,” Khodadad said.
Awal Gull, a resident of Nangarhar, says his brother’s wife was wounded after a mortar hit their house in Hesarak district in Nangarhar.
“The government is made by the nation, not by lawmakers and ministers. The government will never be fixed if it doesn’t have the people’s support,” Awal Gul said.