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Ghamzada from Uruzgan loses limbs -- and hope in life

Ghamzada from Uruzgan loses limbs -- and hope in life

May 26, 2016 - 14:10

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Abdul Hadi Ghamzada, a resident of southern Uruzgan province, has said his old friend snapped contacts with him after he lost both his legs and a hand in a bomb explosion.

Abdul Hadi was a student of ninth class at SyedulKhan High School when he lost his limbs as a result of a powerful explosion.  He is the eldest of three siblings, who are currently studying at school.

After the explosion that deprived him of body parts, the disillusion young man changed his previous nickname Mukhtar (Independent) to Ghamzada (Grief-Stricken).

“I was a very good footballer before becoming disabled. Unfortunately, now I am dependent on others,” observed Ghamzada in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News.

Five years back,after attending his classes, he decided to go to his uncle’s house.He spent the Friday holiday there in the Balochi locality on the outskirts of Tirinkot, the provincial capital.

“It was late afternoon that I went to a small shop in front of my uncle’s house,where some soldiers were also sitting. Suddenly, I heard a heavy explosion that claimed the lives of my three uncles and some soldiers.

“I also lost my legs and a hand,” Ghamzada recalls, saying NATOinfo-icon helicopters circled over the area and evacuated the injured to hospital, where doctors cut off both his legs. He was later sent to Bagram for further treatment.

“I had been unconscious for 15 days. When I opened my eyes, I found myself at the Bagram base but didn’t know about the loss of my limbs.”

His family members were unaware of his whereabouts; they told that Ghamzada was dead and sometime they receive news of his injuries.

“Everything changed after I lost my legs and hands; I can’t walk and needhelp from others. My old friends have left me alone. In a word, I’m faced with multiple problems in my life,” he continued.

His family assured Ghamzada of getting him artificial legs to enable me to go back to school and resume routine life. When he was normal, all relatives told his father to seek the hand of their daughter for him.

Now that he has become disabled, nobody talks to his father about his engagement. “Sometimes I want to request elders for engagement but don’t have the courage to say so because of my disability.”

Ghamzada complainsof receiving little aid, despite getting registered with the Ministry of the Disabled. He occasionally receives assistance, but not enough to meet his needs.

His classmates have reached the university, eyeing a bright future, but there is still hope for him to complete his school educationinfo-icon and then go to the university.



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