Hussein Khair Allah, a landmine survivor, recently spoke of his experience: "I was returning from a fishing trip on November 15, 1997, when I was injured by a landmine on the bank of the river Jordan, severing my right foot up to the ankle. I am a fisherman and the major source of my income was from fishing, which I am no longer able to do because of my injury. I need to work again to be able to support my wife and six children." Allah’s story mirrors those of many other landmine victims throughout the Middle East. However, Allah is lucky; he was able to survive the injuries that the landmine caused. Numerous others do not; for example, the Landmine Monitor reports that five to 10 people die each day from landmine accidents in Afghanistan.
"Aiding the Innocent: Victim Assistance in the Middle East,"
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 5
, Article 12.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol5/iss3/12