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Injured in blast, boy worried about school & recovery

Injured in blast, boy worried about school & recovery

Apr 09, 2016 - 15:48

#Voice of war victims

SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Khal Mohammad, 14, who has been in critical condition after suffering deep wounds in an explosion, is worried about his absence from school and lack of resources for complete rehabilitation.

Two months after the explosion, Mohammad has been under medical treatment for the serious injuries to his head and legs. Unable to walk, the young boy remains confined to bed at his house.

The blast took place in front of the Azizi Bank’s branch in Sar-i-Pul City, killing Afghan Local Police (ALP) Commander Wakil Khan and wounding his three bodyguards.

Mohammad, who was among those injured, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview he was busy shifting goods in his handcart from one part of the city to another to earn a living for his family.

As he looked for clients, a man asked him: “Take my carton of eggs to the Azizi Bank and I will be following you.” Knowing little about a landmine placed inside the carton, he innocently agreed to shift it for 20 afghanis.

“I shifted the carton and was waiting for the owner in front of the bank. With a big bang, the bomb went off.” The youngster added: “I don’t know what happened next and opened my eyes three days later. My father said told me I’m on hospital bed in Mazar-i-Sharif.”

Abdul Qayyum, 71, Mohammad’s father, could not fight back his tears. Concerned about his son’s future, the man called Mohammad the only hope for the family.

“What kind of Islam is this? Why do they use the innocent child for their inhuman act? I don’t know who was Wakil Khan. What should I do now?” asked the man, while lashing out at the insurgents

Originally from the Darbanda area of Sayyad district, the family moved to Sar-i-Pul City three years ago due to insecurity. However, he did not know that his bread-winning young son would be a victim of terrorism.

Qayyum and his wife, both too frail to work, have four daughters -- all less than 13 years of age. Mohammad, who has just been promoted to the sixth grade, used his handcart for shifting people’s luggage from one place to another to eke out a living.

Faced with dire financial woes, the man grumbled no one bothered reaching out to his family. He is impatiently awaiting his son’s recuperation. Cash-strapped as he is, Qayyum had to borrow 280,000 afghanis for his son’s treatment.

Advised by doctor to shift Mohammad to Pakistaninfo-icon or any other country for better medical care, a palpably helpless Qayyum said with a tinge of irony in his voice he could not afford taking Mohammad to Kabulinfo-icon, but they wanted him to go abroad.

The Afghanistaninfo-icon Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) has provided them with wheat, oil and rice, according to the man, who has received no further assistance from any source.

This anguished father asked the government and charitable organisations to help treat his son. During the interview, a man named Saadatullah paid 20,000 in cash assistance to Mohammad, who has already received 50,000 afs in aid.

Aziza Jalis, a lawmaker from Sar-i-Pul, wrote on her Facebook page the victims of war had been ignored callously.

Statistics from the Red Crescent Societyinfo-icon (RCS) say 3,500 civilians were killed and 7,500 wounded in the Afghanistan conflict in 2015. On average scale, 10 civilians were killed and 20 others wounded as a result of clashes on a daily basis.


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