Remembrance Day for Martyrs and Disabled in Afghanistan Date in the current year: May 4, 2016

Remembrance Day for Martyrs and Disabled in Afghanistan May 4 is Remembrance Day for Martyrs and Disabled in Afghanistan. It honors the memory of those who were killed or wounded in revolutions and wars, primarily the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

The history of Afghanistan in the second half of the 20th century was marked by a number of revolutions and devastating wars. Everything started with the 1978 Saur Revolution, when the communist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) seized power and established the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.

The confrontation between the new government and radical Islamists expanded into a civil war. On 1979, the Soviet troops entered Afghanistan to support the PDPA government in the fight against guerrilla mujahideen. Thus began the Soviet war in Afghanistan, which lasted for 10 years and resulted in the deaths of over 1 million Afghans.

The Soviet troops withdrew in 1989, but hostilities did not stop. There have been several consecutive civil wars in Afghanistan since then. The Taliban insurgency that began in 2001 still continues.

The number of deaths that occurred during wars in Afghanistan is overwhelming. On May 4, those who died or were severely injured are honored and remembered.

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