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Afghanistan

Injured by an explosive remnant of war, Enayatullah walks again with artificial leg

After surviving an explosive remnant of war accident, Enayatullah’s right leg was amputated. Now, he’s walking again with the help of an artificial limb and rehabilitation care provided by Humanity & Inclusion.

Enayatullah, 9, was playing with a group of children in his village in Afghanistan, when they came across some explosive remnants of war. The devices exploded, killing four of them and injuring six others—including Enayatullah and his eight-year-old cousin. No one knows for certain what kind of explosive remnants the children found, but they were most likely munitions left over from the fighting in the area in 2021.

Enayatullah was rushed 20 miles to Mirwais Regional Hospital in Kandahar where he stayed for 40 days. The surgeons tried to save his right leg, but it was too damaged and had to be amputated. When his health improved, he was referred to Humanity & Inclusion’s rehabilitation center, which first opened in 1996.

During the first sessions, he was very nervous, still traumatized by the accident. But he gradually learned to trust the team and worked hard on his physical therapy exercises.  

Since his first consultation in November, he has visited the center five times for physical rehabilitation sessions. He was also given walking aids, had a cast made for his artificial leg and attended fittings until the device was finally ready for use. In the future, Enayatullah will return to the center to have his artificial limb repaired and replaced as he grows.

Today, Enayatullah is independent and able to walk on his own again. He can play with his friends, go to school and visit relatives. He likes to play with toy cars and wants to be a truck driver when he grows up.