“The Man on the Operating Table.” A patient, later identified as 43-year-old husband and father of four, Baynazar Mohammad Nazar, lies dead on the operating table inside the Médecins Sans Frontières Kunduz Trauma Center in Afghanistan, following the 3 October attack by an American AC-130 gunship. © Andrew Quilty.

 ‘US forces conducted an airstrike in Kunduz city at 2:15am [local time] on 3 October against individuals threatening the force. The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility. This incident is under investigation,” said Col Brian Tribus, spokesman for international forces in Afghanistan.      

Kunduz, Afghanistan  Oct 3 2015


We are all collateral damage.

We are gutted, gutless,

cowering in a hopeless rut,

in a dirty, visceral corner.


O Man, yield some compassion,

some tenderness, a smile

in this cracked, demented earth.

Enough pulverised corpses!

Enough grovelling in the charred shadows!

Let the rains of Arcady bathe

our unimaginable wounds.