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Reference : V-P-AF-E-02766
Date : 06/09/2020
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Kabul Orthopedic Organization. Portrait of an orthotic prosthetist. She is a former ICRC patient and trainee. She lost both her legs above the knee to a mine while collecting firewood near Kabul airport in the late 1990s. She continues to walk with difficulty on old prostheses. "I'm too busy with my work to make new prostheses," she says.
Photographer : QUILTY, Andrew
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : reserved users only
Copyright : ICRC
Description : She takes care of seven children from the same family who had to be amputated following the explosion of an ordnance.
On April 29, 2018, while walking to school, a group of children from the Gul family found an unexploded ordnance. They took the ordnance home, where one of the children dropped it. The device exploded, scattering hundreds of fragments, killing four people and seriously injuring several children. Seven children had to have at least one leg amputated because the bones and tissues were too badly damaged. Two boys lost both their legs.
When they were released from hospital, they were taken care of by the ICRC orthopedic center in Jalalabad. They are now being followed by the Kabul Orthopedic Organization.
Resolution : 4500x3000
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour