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Afghanistan: Seven kids from one family maimed by explosion learn to walk again *EXCLUSIVE*03:45

Afghanistan: Seven kids from one family maimed by explosion learn to walk again *EXCLUSIVE*

Afghanistan, Chamtala
November 17, 2018 at 15:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Seven children all from a single family in Nangarhar province, were struggling to walk again and continue their lives after being maimed by an explosion on April 28, footage filmed in Chamtala area of Khogyani District on Friday shows.

The children can be seen walking near their home using crutches, while another requires a wheelchair to move around. They can also be seen doing their school work with their sets of crutches on the wall behind them.

The children have also been fitted with prosthetic limbs, reportedly provided by local NGOs.

"When we were healthy, we used to play, to go to school and the Mosque for praying," said one child, Basheer, while his sister added that now their teacher came to their home to continue their studies.

The tragedy occurred in the wake of fighting between the Taliban and government forces in the area. According to reports, the children found an unexploded rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) while they were walking to school the next day.

"There was fighting in the afternoon between Afghan forces and the Taliban and an unexploded bomb was left. When we were on our way to the school, it exploded. Four of us were killed and the others were wounded," recalled Rabia, a six-year-old girl who had lost a leg.

Hamisha, the father of 4 of the children, grandfather to 2 and uncle to one, confirmed that on top of losing four children, two kids lost both of their legs, and 5 others each lost one leg in the blast.

According to the UN, more than 3,000 children were killed or wounded in 2017, accounting for one-third of total civilian casualties for the year. Explosive remnants of war killed or wounded 1,063 of them, reports say.

Afghanistan: Seven kids from one family maimed by explosion learn to walk again *EXCLUSIVE*03:45
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Seven children all from a single family in Nangarhar province, were struggling to walk again and continue their lives after being maimed by an explosion on April 28, footage filmed in Chamtala area of Khogyani District on Friday shows.

The children can be seen walking near their home using crutches, while another requires a wheelchair to move around. They can also be seen doing their school work with their sets of crutches on the wall behind them.

The children have also been fitted with prosthetic limbs, reportedly provided by local NGOs.

"When we were healthy, we used to play, to go to school and the Mosque for praying," said one child, Basheer, while his sister added that now their teacher came to their home to continue their studies.

The tragedy occurred in the wake of fighting between the Taliban and government forces in the area. According to reports, the children found an unexploded rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) while they were walking to school the next day.

"There was fighting in the afternoon between Afghan forces and the Taliban and an unexploded bomb was left. When we were on our way to the school, it exploded. Four of us were killed and the others were wounded," recalled Rabia, a six-year-old girl who had lost a leg.

Hamisha, the father of 4 of the children, grandfather to 2 and uncle to one, confirmed that on top of losing four children, two kids lost both of their legs, and 5 others each lost one leg in the blast.

According to the UN, more than 3,000 children were killed or wounded in 2017, accounting for one-third of total civilian casualties for the year. Explosive remnants of war killed or wounded 1,063 of them, reports say.

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