In the wake of war throughout Afghanistan, explosive remnants remain numerous and highly dangerous. As a child in Parwan province, Firoz Alizada often found and picked up unexploded ordinances and explosive remnants of war known as UXOs and ERWs: “They would go bum bum bum, and we would be happy,” Alizada said in an interview with VICE News. He added that he and his friends also collected bullets, gun shells, bombs, and other abandoned explosives. “I just wanted to play with them. I was never told by someone that I should not touch them. My family was raised with war and it was normal for kids to be out in contaminated places,” said Alizada.
When he was just 13-years-old, Alizada stepped on a landmine and lost both his legs. Lucky to survive, he is now an adult and a manager for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Please click here to read his inspiring story, and to learn more about the dangers left in the wake of Afghanistan as well as the detection and rehabilitation currently underway.