Out of 150 people wounded in the Kabul school bombing, at least 50 were taken to the state-owned Ali Jinnah Hospital in Kabul, where one of the teenagers who was critically wounded succumbed to her injuries on Sunday morning.
The wounded who underwent surgery remembered the ordeal, during which they lost their closest classmates and friends.
Those injured in the deadly bombing were taken for treatment to at least 12 hospitals in Kabul.
Hamida, a teenage student, said her right hand has been broken in the explosion. Her father is a day laborer. She said she did not have the money to buy medicine and other required equipment for the surgery of her broken hand.
“I hope she gets well soon,” said Mohammad Akbar, Hamida’s father.
Hamida’s parents said they lost all hope for their daughter following the explosion as they searched for her for hours.
Hamida said she is traumatized and she loses consciousness when she remembers the deadly attack and seeing the remains and belongings of her classmates that surrounded her following the first blast.
“I remember very bad things… Like the burned bodies,” Hamida said, while shedding tears.
Zahra, 15, who succumbed to her injuries, was in the 10th grade at the school. Her mother said they have four children, and all were enrolled in government schools as they could not afford the tuition at private schools.
“Their clothes were burned. They were stained with dust,” Zahra’s mother, Masooma, said.
Zainab, 13, was wounded when she was buying a pen from a shop in front of the school when the blast happened. Although she was injured, she started the search for her elder sister after the explosion, she said.
Zainab’s father, Mohammad Arif, said that he would have sent his children to better schools if he had the financial ability.
“I work one day, and I can find no work for three more days… I earn up to 7,000 Afs each month,” Arif said.
Of the 50 wounded who were taken to Ali Jinah Hospital, five were in the emergency ward on Sunday.
“There were some martyrs whose identities were not known. The family of one of them was found this morning -- many of them were burned,” said Jawed Akbar, a chief physician at the hospital.
According to sources, 107 of the wounded are girls and 33 are boys.