Mortar crushed Kunduz boy’s leg and his dreams
KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): Esmatullah, a ten years old boy who lost one of his legs to a mortar shell strike in northern Kunduz province, is hoping for peace and stability to come to Afghanistan so children of his age do not die or lose body parts.
“I was going home from school when a mortar shell hit very close to us, I and many of our neighbors were injured”, he said, recalling the horrific moment .
Esmatullah lost his left leg in the incident that also shattered his many great dreams and future ambitions. He wanted to study and serve his country in future.
“I wanted to study and become a knowledgeable man, but I lost my leg before I could reach those goals in life. If there is peace and security no child will be killed or deprived of limbs.”
Esmatullah’s father Saheb Nazar said he was concerned about his son’s recovery. He criticized the government for its inability to maintain peace and security in the country.
“Our house is located close to the 3rd police district in Kunduz City. The rebels fired a mortar that hit near our house. Ten people including many children were injured,” the father said.
Naimatullah, another seven-year-old child who was injured in the abdomen, said: “I was sitting near the road when a mortar shell struck the area and injured me and my friends. One of our neighbors was killed. It was scary.”
Kunduz police chief Col. Abdul Hamid Hamidi confirmed seven residents of Kunduz City, including children, were injured and one was killed in the mortar fire incident, which he blamed on the insurgents.
He said the mortar was fired from Char Dara district. He said the rebels wanted to spread fear but they would not succeed. He said efforts were underway to improve security in Kunduz.
The militants haven’t yet commented in this regard.
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