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Petrified, I watched doctors and nurses take care of my son

“It looked like a harmless object that my 10-year-old son, Khudai Noor, was playing with. In a single moment, when it exploded, I saw a bloodbath.

Khudai Noor transported to Lashkar-gah

Marjia, the area we live in, is predominantly agricultural and often affected by violent fights and battles. Every day, I feared for my son. I immediately took him to EMERGENCY’s First Aid Post and shortly thereafter we were on an ambulance headed to the EMERGENCY Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah, about two hours away.

Khudai Noor's father watching the medical staff helping his son

Petrified, I watched doctors and nurses take care of my son.

I waited for hours outside the emergency room. When I finally saw him again, he was safe. That harmless object, however, had left its mark: Khudai Noor lost his right eye, right hand, and had to have his right leg amputated.
Doctors have confirmed that my son is going to need many weeks to recover physically”.

EMERGENCY surgeons before Khudai Noor's operation

Aged 10, Khudai Noor has become another one of the many victims of a war that nobody can explain why is still being fought.

From the EMERGENCY Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah. The project is funded by EU humanitarian aid.