In 1999, Arwa Ali Saeed Wais was herding sheep in Al-Atabat village in the Morais district of Al-Dhale’e governorate, Yemen. As was the tradition in Arwa’s village, she spent much of her childhood caring for her family’s sheep in the nearby mountainous area instead of attending school. When she was 10 years old, she stepped on a landmine. Her right leg was immediately torn off, and her left leg was severely damaged. She was sent to Ibn Khaldon Hospital in Lahj governorate, where she underwent an above-the-knee bilateral amputation. After she was discharged from the hospital, she returned home to her village, where she contracted an infection in her right leg and was sent to Al-Jemhori Hospital in Aden governorate for additional surgery.
Al-Ezzi, Mansour and Hill, Lauren
"Arwa: An Inspiring Story for Landmine Survivors,"
The Journal of ERW and Mine Action
: Vol. 14
, Article 25.
Available at: https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol14/iss1/25