Reference : V-P-AF-E-02292
Date : 25/11/2015
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Kabul. Haji Ahmad lost his leg to a land mine. He lives on top of a hill and supports his children.
Photographer : PINKHASSOV, Gueorgui
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : reserved users only
Description : Haji Ahmad, 60, lost his leg to a land mine during the civil war. He lives in a house on top of a hill, which he says is “very tough” for someone in his situation. But that’s not his only challenge. He has five sons and seven daughters, and most of them are studying in school. “It’s hard to support this big family with one or two people working. I am almost the only one to support my family, with all of them studying”. He has sent his oldest son, aged 27, to Europe.The last year has seen continuing high levels of violence in Afghanistan, taking its toll on people’s lives in different ways as it has done now for more than 30 years. The impact ranges from attacks on hospitals and health clinics, which have caused heavy civilian casualties and deprived people of desperately needed medical care, to the general effects on the country’s fragile economy. This decades-long conflict has resulted in a soaring number of both displaced people within Afghanistan - now reported to number nearly a million - as well as those fleeing to seek a safer life elsewhere. Afghanistan remains among the top source countries for refugees, second only to Syria. Millions among the country's population have fled to Pakistan and Iran over a period of decades.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5472x3648
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour