02 December 2014
The Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan (MACCA) has reported that in 2014 alone more than 350 people have been killed or disabled as a result of mine blasts. MACCA said more than 80 percent of the victims have been children.
"In 2014, 350 people have been killed or disabled due to mine explosions which show an average of 37 victims on a monthly basis, but 81 percent of the victims are the children," MACCA Capacity Support Project Manager Habib Khan Zazai said.
Despite their being a favored weapon of the Taliban and other terrorist groups operating inside Afghanistan, a number of victims of mine blasts have criticized the government for not taking more action to clear the country of explosive ordinances.
Matiullah was serving as an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier when he lost both of his legs in a Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast. Matiullah has two children who have been left no choice but to leave school and go to work in order to help feed their family.
"The majority of our disabled people are spending their pathetic lives under the bridge or on the streets, they have the capability to work so long as the government helps them," Matiullah said. Amina is another victim who lost one her legs during a mine explosion."Being disabled is too hard for a woman, because in some cases people treat you worse," Amina said.
There are an estimated two million or more disabled Afghans, most of which were victims of violence over the past three decades of war in Afghanistan. They remain one of the most underserved populations in the country.