Kiana Hayeri

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Nationality: Iranian-Canadian
Biography: Kiana (b.1988) grew up in Tehran, Iran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. After an... read on
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The Washington Post: ‘There’s no humanity left’: A family buries a mother and her unborn child in Afghanistan
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May 16, 2020
"Hajar Sarwari was in labor with her second child at a west Kabul maternity ward on Tuesday morning when gunmen shot her twice in the abdomen, killing her and her unborn child.
Sarwari’s family buried her atop a hill under overcast skies on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Wednesday morning, one day after three gunmen killed 24 people in a Doctors Without Borders maternity ward. The baby remained in her womb.

The burial was one of many across Kabul on Wednesday morning. Hospital officials said the mothers of 10 newborns were among Tuesday’s dead, alongside two infants, pregnant women, nurses and a security guard. Sixteen were wounded.

More funerals were held about 100 miles to the east, in Nangahar province. A suicide bombing there on Tuesday killed 32 and wounded 133. The attacker struck just hours after the hospital rampage began and targeted a funeral gathering for a prominent local security official. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The brutality of the attack on the maternity ward paired with the funeral bombing sent shock waves through Kabul and the country."

Our latest for Washington Post with Sharif Hassan and Susannah George from Kabul.

‘There’s no humanity left’: A family buries a mother and her unborn child in Afghanistan
When gunmen attacked a maternity ward in west Kabul, they shot a woman in labor, killing her and the child.


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