In 2020, Afghans were not just hit by a global pandemic, but also continued to endure an endless conflict that wounds and kills so many people.
Small, dangerously small, and often lethal. Khudai Noor was lucky to survive. But at what cost?
“It looked like a harmless object that my 10-year-old son, Khudai Noor, was playing with. In a single moment, when it exploded, I saw a bloodbath.
Marjia, the area we live in, is predominantly agricultural and often affected by violent fights and battles. I immediately took him to EMERGENCY’s First Aid Post in Khazan and shortly thereafter we were on an ambulance headed to the EMERGENCY Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah, about two hours away. Petrified, I watched doctors and nurses take care of my son. When I finally saw him again, he was safe. However he lost his right eye, right hand, and had to have his right leg amputated. Doctors have confirmed that my son is going to need many weeks to recover physically”.
Just 10 years old, Khudai Noor has become another one of the many victims of Afghanistan’s endless war.
From the EMERGENCY Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gar.
EMERGENCY Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah, Afghanistan, is funded by European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations – ECHO
Photo Credits: Giulio Piscitelli