War Victims

Akram is using his artificial hand for the first time to eat his meal at the International Center for the Red Cross (ICRC). The UN Mine Information Network estimates still after the 30 years war there are approximately 62 people killed or injured by mines each month in Afghanistan.  Photo by Majid Saeedi

Akram is using his artificial hand for the first time to eat his meal at the International Center for the Red Cross (ICRC). The UN Mine Information Network estimates still after the 30 years war there are approximately 62 people killed or injured by mines each month in Afghanistan. Photo by Majid Saeedi

These portraits of Afghan victims of land mines vividly evoke the effects of thirty years of war. Over twenty mine action organizations work in Afghanistan. The widespread and indiscriminate use of mines and munitions during almost 30 years of conflict has made Afghanistan one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world. As of June 2009, there 5,875 designated hazardous areas in the country. They cover an estimated 653 square kilometers of land and impact 2,028 communities.

Through history, human achievements and progressive technology have saved the lives of people who used to die due to common diseases. However some technological achievements are also being misused against humankind. They provide people with lethal weapons that can threaten and finally kill more people. Human advancement has continued since the time that people were created. Weapons used for slaughter are awesome, so are the number of chemical and nuclear bombs ready for use to destroy large parts of the world. Humankind is sympathetic but at the same time he is the cruelest creature in the world.

Afghanistan has been dealing with war for years. Sometimes countries attacked it and sometimes there were civil wars. The first war with a Western power began in the Helmand Valley in 1833 against the British. The Soviet invasion of 1979 brought ten years of occupation and war, followed by years of civil war, Taliban rule and the U.S. invasion. Intentionally or by chance, Afghans are people of war and bloodshed. They are suffering from some serious traumas and hurt which will take many years heal. One decade has passed with war between Afghans cooperating with advanced countries against the radical Taliban. Unfortunately, the consequences of war become more visible every day.

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