A group of women activists from Herat launched a one-week blood donation campaign with the help of Women’s Affairs Directorate of the province to support the Afghan Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF).
Women activists said that Afghan forces are sacrificing their lives for defending the country and that they should be supported by the people.
Figures by government show that at least 45,000 Afghan security and defense force members lost their lives on duty under the National Unity Government which was established in 2104 following a controversial election.
“We want to honor the sacrifices of the Afghan forces who are defending the country under any circumstances,” said Anisa Sarwari, Chairperson of Herat Women’s Affairs Directorate.
Herat activists said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces deserve more support from the people and that the campaign is part of the efforts to honor their sacrifices.
“Our National Army is striving day and night for us and we took part in the blood donation campaign to thank them for their services. We are grateful to those who are serving the country,” said Asma, a Herat resident.
Officials from Herat public hospital said the donated blood will be handed to the 207 Zafar Corps in Herat so that it helps wounded soldiers.
“We coordinate with the health center of the 207 Zafar military Corps, and if necessary, we will supply the blood to them,” said Farhad Torabi, deputy of Herat blood bank.
Herat residents hold blood donation campaign every year to support Afghan forces.