Kabul – Afghan children were treated Monday for horrific injuries and clinging to life in a hospital in the war-torn country’s capital. More than 150 people, many of them teenage girls, were injured in a horrific bombing of a school in Kabul over the weekend. Saturday’s series of explosions killed at least 53 people, most of whom were also schoolgirls.
CBS News correspondent Charlie D’Agata was in Kabul when the attack took place and on Monday he went to a hospital where some of the young victims were being treated.
D’Agata said that after decades of war it took a lot to shock the Afghan people, but what happened at school took the cruelty to the next level.
Due to her severe internal injuries, doctors were unsure whether 14-year-old Mariam would survive. They knew that Habiba, 18, would not survive his injuries.
Thirteen-year-old Zeinab was just further back from the explosion that killed his classmates on the spot.
“The explosion felt like it was coming from the ground and the sky,” she said, “and I started running.”
It was only after Zeinab started to flee from the blast that she noticed her arm was bleeding, pierced by a shrapnel.
She told CBS News that she doesn’t understand why someone would want to kill her.
“I think they just don’t want us to study,” she says.
On Sunday, the grieving parents put the children who did not survive the attack to rest. They had sent them to school in search of a better life – in the hope of a better future. These dreams are now buried with their daughters.
The Afghan Interior Ministry told CBS News that a massive car bomb right outside the school gates was followed by two more explosions, from devices placed in the street.
A vicious attack designed to kill or maim as many children as possible, launched right after the bell rang, just as schoolgirls were rushing forward.
The bombardment underlines the generalizationas they start to come home. The Afghan security forces are already overwhelmed trying to push militants back onto the battlefield while ensuring the safety of civilians at home.
Zeinab told D’Agata that she still didn’t know what happened to her friends, but was determined to go back to school when she could.
“If I’m scared, they’ll hit us again,” she said. “Then I won’t be able to study.”
The Taliban said they had nothing to do with the attack, and the insurgent group also declared a three-day ceasefire from the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid later. this week.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but ISIS’s branch in the country has already bombed the area, which is home to many Shia Hazara Muslims. ISIS’s Sunni Muslim extremists have a history of Shiite attacks in many countries.