Hastings peace campaigners’ demo

The peace campaigners outside Station Plaza Health Centre
The peace campaigners outside Station Plaza Health Centre

Peace campaigners gathered outside Station Plaza Health Centre to mark the 14-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan.

The group from Hastings Against met to silently remember the Afghan war dead and especially victims of the recent US bombing of a hospital in north east Afghanistan.

At around 2am on October 3, US/NATO forces carried out an air strike that hit a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz.

At least 22 staff and patients were killed in the bombing.

The US has said the strike was a mistake and that it was trying to target Taliban insurgents but MSF has called for an international committee to investigate.

US president, Barack Obama, has apologised to the MSF president and the Afghan leader for the incident.

MSF, also known as Doctors without Borders, provides medical help for natural disasters and in war zones.

John Enefer, from Hastings Against War, said: “We held the vigil outside a health facility to bring home that the war in Afghanistan isn’t something that just happens on TV, it’s happening to real people who feel exactly the same as we’d feel if a hospital we were being treated in, or visiting loved ones inside was suddenly the target for a huge and devastating aerial attack.”

Maya Evans, St Leonards peace activist, said: “Having visited Afghanistan seven times over the last four years this recent attack is hugely depressing for a country which is currently facing many of the problems known to

humans.

“People in Afghanistan are extremely weary of war. When visiting the country much of my time is spent consoling bereaved mothers who have lost children and family members to this never-ending war.”

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