Help a Landmine Victim Walk Again

Aug 4, 2011

Update from the Marshall Legacy Institute

Survivors learning computer skills in Afghanistan
Survivors learning computer skills in Afghanistan

Survivor Assistance Program Progress Report:

MLI's Survivors' Assistance program continues to make great progress, helping children and young adults who have been injured by landmines.  Most recently, MLI helped a young man named Najeebullah from the Laghman Province of Afghanistan who lost his leg at 15 when he went to fetch the family cow at his mother’s request.  The cow was standing less than 100 yards from their family home, but the short walk quickly turned into nightmarish experience for Najeebullah who lost his right leg after stepping on a landmine.  Unable to afford a prosthetic leg, Najeebullah spent the past three years believing that his life was virtually over because he was not mobile enough to help his family farm the land and he did not have any other skills.  

But he was found by the MLI team who introduced him to one of the new computer centers that MLI has established in Afghanistan to help survivors.  He began receiving advanced computer training and hopes to soon be able to bring in some additional income for his family.  Additionally, MLI provided him with a prosthetic leg, so he can finally walk again, provided him with a bicycle so he can move around more efficiently now that he has a second leg.  Through MLI's Children Against Mines Program, which promotes global citizenship and connects children in countries like Afghanistan to American children through live-feed video chats, Najeebullah told MLI staff, "I can't believe MLI found me!  You have saved me.  I now can walk like a man again and I am learning computers so I can help my poor family."

Thank you again for helping us make a difference in the lives of people like Najeebullah and we hope you enjoy the month ahead.

Warmest regards,

The MLI Team 




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