Sayed Hasib Sadat, an employee of TOLOnews, who sustained serious injuries in a deadly attack in 2016, said he still carries the psychological and physical scars of the bombing with him today.
Sadat, was one of dozens of TOLO TV staff members targeted in a suicide car bombing on January 20, 2016.
Seven employees were killed and 26 others wounded in the attack on the staff bus in Darulaman Road in Kabul city.
But for Sadat, once his physical wounds had healed he returned to work – despite strong opposition from his friends and family.
Two years ago, today - on a Wednesday evening - Haseeb had been on his way home with his colleagues when the suicide car bomber detonated his explosives.
“The dedication which I have to my job and to myself is to go continue with my profession under any circumstances. I have to move forward and I will not surrender,” he said.
However, memories of the event still haunt him, he said.
“Problems are still in there. These problems are both psychological and physical. I wounded in my face and eyes,” he added.
Sadat’s family meanwhile said they were totally opposed to him returning to work – especially as a cameraman for TOLOnews.
“His (Hasib) problem is his eyes and he always complains about (pain) in his body, but despite that, he is dedicated to his job. We are not stopping him. He says he is interested (in his work) and he wants to continue with that,” Hasib’s mother said.
Sadat is one of hundreds of Afghan media workers who have had to work in the face of violence and threats for the past decade.
Today, Saturday January 20, marks the second anniversary of the Taliban suicide car bombing that killed the TOLO TV staff members and wounded 26 others, including passers-by.
Among those killed were three loyal and dedicated female employees.
The explosion happened on Darulaman Road when a suicide bomber rammed his car into a staff bus that had been taking the TOLO TV employees home.
This was the first major attack on a media organization since the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001.
The employees who were killed were
Mohammad Jawad Hussaini:
Hussaini had worked as a video editor for MOBY Group – TOLO TV’s mother company – for seven years when killed.
Mirzaee had been a Dari dubbing artist.
Azizi had worked in the creative department for five years.
Ibrahimi had been a dubbing artist with the company for only six months.
Hussain had been a driver for six years.
Mohammad Ali Mohammadi:
Mohammadi was a Dari dubbing artist and had worked for the company for five years.
Amiri had worked in the set department for eight years.