A devastating explosion at the Tebyan cultural center in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan last week, targeted a scribe event, killing one journalist and injuring 15 others. The injured journalists are now appealing for immediate intervention as they are running out of resources to save them from disabilities.
Latif Sahak, the head of Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, stated that twelve journalists had their eardrums ruptured in the blast. They are currently working hard to find resources for their surgeries, either in Mazar-e-Sharif or Kabul. Unfortunately, other institutions did not act in this regard and did not even send a message to heal the pain of journalists, said Sajjad Musavi, a wounded journalist.
Jawad Darwesh, another injured journalist, said, “My colleagues and I were wounded in the incident. I had a head surgery, and I cannot hear out of my one ear.” According to the journalists, only the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee has offered to cover their treatment.
Rohullah Rohani, a journalist in Balkh, lamented that no institution, except the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, had offered support to any wounded journalist. The journalists also called for stepped up security measures to prevent such blasts from happening again.
The injured journalists are in dire need of help, and it is time for institutions to step forward to support them. They risk their lives every day to report on the happenings in the country, and it is crucial to provide them with the resources they need to recover from such incidents.