January 20 marks the sixth anniversary of the death of 7 employees of MOBY Group whose vehicle was hit by a blast that also left more than 20 other people wounded--many of whom were also working with Moby Group.
The incident is remembered as one of the most difficult moments for the Afghan media family during the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
Abdul Hussein, who lost his eyes in the attack, said he hopes for lasting peace and stability in the country.
“I was one of the employees of MOBY Group. I was wounded in the blast six years ago. I lost my vision besides being injured on my foot and hand. I am thirsty for peace,” he said.
Families of victims urged the Islamic Emirate to provide nationwide stability in the country, saying "no mother should be made to cry" over her child’s death.
Based on UN numbers, in addition to casualties inflicted on combatants, over 100,000 civilians were killed in the violence over the past two decades.
Mohammad Asif is one of the victims of the two-decade Afghan conflict.
“I am one of the victims of the war. I am disabled now. Two members of my family lost their lives in the conflict. We can’t suffer any more casualties. We are tired of war and insecurity and we hope the Islamic Emirate ensures peace and security,” he said.
Afghanistan's media was not spared from the violence.
Based on national and international organizations’ statistics, from 2016 to 2018 over 250 media workers were killed and more than 500 others were wounded in various kinds of attacks.
The seven employees of MOBY Group were Mohammad Jawad Hussaini, Zainab Mirzaee, Mehri Azizi, Mariam Ibrahimi, Mohammad Hussain, Mohammad Ali Mohammadi, and Hussain Amiri.
The Islamic Emirate has pledged that ensuring security in the country is its main priority.
“The people have suffered on all sides during the past 20 years. They faced problems. Now that the Islamic Emirate has come to power, efforts are underway to ensure stability in the country,” said Inamullah Samangani, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
The Afghan media workers are hoping that the Islamic Emirate will provide them with proper security.