As the world angst with the Novel Coronavirus and its COVID-19 disease pandemic, a crime against humanity was executed against newborns, their mothers, other infants and nurses in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Lost in most news reports that have been dominated by the still spreading dangerous COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected 4.4 million people worldwide and has killed over 300,000 thus far, was a heinous crime perpetuated against the most innocent of society - babies, west of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Al Jazeera reports that three armed gunmen disguised in police uniforms stormed a maternity hospital last Tuesday and in the carnage, 24 people were killed, including two newborn babies, their mothers, other infants and nurses. In an-hours-long-siege of the 100-bed hospital, where Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) runs a maternity clinic, Afghan security forces were able to evacuate 80 women and infants.
Yet, the crime against humanity had already been executed yielding bloody dead newborn babies, their mothers, infants and nurses, totaling 24. No group has claimed responsibility for the horrific attack, but it should be noted that on the Monday before the carnage, Afghan forces had arrested a leader of ISIL.
Condemning the attack, Amnesty International said the world "must awaken" to the horrors civilians continue to face even amid a pandemic. The group urged: "There must be accountability for these grave crimes."