Amanullah, a 32-year-old welder, worked in his shop near the Afghan capital Kabul when the neighbourhood suddenly rattled with automatic gunfire. People ran for cover as government troops engaged in heavy clashes with Taliban fighters in the streets outside.

“Bullets were flying everywhere,” Amanullah, who like most Afghans uses only one name, recalls. “Then someone fired a rocket that landed just outside my shop.”

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Sakhi, Emergency Head Nurse, examines Amanhullah’s ex-rays showing shrapnel damage. ©European Union, 2020 (photographer: Peter Biro)

Amanullah was thrown backwards by the blast, hitting his head on a concrete wall. He woke up in the hospital four days later. …

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