Landmine injuries in Eritrea, by Kurt Hanevik
Three case stories
Case 1 (25 years old)|
This man is a herder from Adhare. He is unmarried. 5 weeks before this picture was taken he was walking home from Afabet. He knew about the mined areas in his way, but he saw another herder with animals in one of these areas and wanted to take a shortcut. He thought that if the other herder could go there if was maybe not so dangerous. He stepped on a landmine at Debeskaie and when he came to the hospital his left leg had to be amputated. He also had severe lacerations on his right leg, most often seen with PMN landmies.
Case 2 (14 years old)|
He is a herder and lives with his parents in Naro.
Six weeks before the photo was taken he was herding amimals near Agot, when he and some friends found a mine on the ground. His friends told him it had already exploded, but when he grabbed it, it really did explode. The way he describes it, it was most probably a POMZ mine.
Case 3 (5 years old) |
This boy and three of his friends of about the same age were looking after some animals 4 km from his house the 28th of March. This photo was taken 4 days later at Mendefera hospital. Examination showed multiple blast and burn injuries in the chest, both legs and right arm.