Blinded in war, poor soldier seeks help for treatment
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier, who lost both eyes in the war, says he is unable to afford treatment for being poor.
The soldier, Bashir Ahmad, first lost one of his eyes during a fighting with militants and a month back, his second eye was damaged in a bomb explosion in a mosque in Rodat district of eastern Nangarhar province.
At least three people were killed and 79 others were wounded in the explosion during Friday prayers.
The 32 years-old ANA service member said: “I lost one eye in an explosion in Helmand. Mow both of my eyes have lost sight and a member of my family helps me in my movements.”
Ahmad served for nine years in the ANA and was wounded three times during operations against militants.
“I served for three years in different districts of Helmand. I got wounded once in Sangin district. I served for three months in Maidan Wardak and Logar provinces where I was injured during a clash. For a third time, I was wounded in an explosion during my duty in Kunar province,” he said.
Ahmad added one of his injured eyes was gradually losing sight that obliged him to leave duty and go home.
“I am disappointed, I wanted serve more in the military,” he said, adding that poverty started gripping his life after losing his second eye in Rodat incident.
“I have three sons and one daughter. I should fulfill the needs of my brothers and the entire family. Previously I would receive salary, but now I don’t have income and my brothers are too small to work,” he said.
Ahmad added doctors had told him his eyes’ sight could recover if he went to India or Pakistan for treatment.
“Many doctors have advised me to go to Pakistan or India for surgery, they told me I would lose the eyesight forever if I did not undergo treatment in-time,” he said.
“I have only 1,200 sq meter of land property which cannot help meet my treatment costs, if I sell it, other people would also not give me loans,” he said.
The soldier said he would return to his duty and serve the people if his eyesight was recovered.
The soldier asked the government and wealthy people to help him in the treatment of his eyes.
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