Attack on Kunduz Trauma Centre | AFGHANISTAN
Initial MSF internal review

Kunduz, Afghanistan
Debris litters the floor, in one of the corridors of the MSF Kunduz Trauma Centre in northern Afghanistan. ©Victor J. Blue

Speech delivered by General Director Christopher Stokes in Kabul, 5 November 2015

Médecins Sans Frontières has taken a decision to publically release the initial outcomes of its own MSF review of what happened before, during and immediately after the US airstrikes on the hospital in Kunduz.

“The hospital was razed to the ground after a wave of attack from the air. We lost our ability to treat patients at a time when we were needed the most. Thirty of our patients and medical staff died. Some of them lost their limbs and were decapitated in the explosions. Others were shot by the circling gunship while fleeing the burning building. We were forced to leave patients to die on the operating table and others burning in their ICU beds.

The view from inside the hospital is that this attack was conducted with a purpose to kill and destroy.

Kunduz Hospital

Many staff describe seeing people being shot, most likely from the plane, as people tried to flee the main hospital building that was being hit with each airstrike. Some accounts mention shooting that appears to follow the movement of people on the run.