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Zarif Mohammad - Afghanistan

Mohammad Zarif was working in the bazaar when he received an urgent message that his brother had stepped on a landmine. When Mohammad reached the site of the accident, he learned that his brother had gone into the minefield to save a small boy who had been injured. This is when he stepped on a mine. The boy lost one leg and his sight. Mohammad’s brother lost both legs. Since no one was willing to go in to save the pair, Mohammad decided to go alone. As he approached the victims, he stepped on a mine and lost his leg. Witnesses to the horrible accident went to a nearby army post and brought back a long sheet of steel. They laid the sheet down and when it did not set off any mines, they walked out to rescue the three survivors. One week later three people were injured and one killed, including two deminers, in the same location. Mohammad went to the ICRC clinic for a prosthesis. He is now working as a cook in a German clinic. Mohammad’s two brothers, both landmine survivors (one injured at the same time as Mohammad and one injured in a previous accident), are currently in school.

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