Noor Ahamd was serving in the ranks of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) when he lost his legs and the sight in his eyes during a demining mission in Nahr-e-Saraj district of volatile Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
The Afghan security forces have been fighting the Taliban for many years in the opium rich province. But the Helmand war has changed the lives of many Afghan soldiers who were deployed in the volatile area.
Noor Ahmad is one of those soldiers who sacrificed a lot to defend his country but who now struggles.
On Saturday, the ALP veteran blasted government for what he called the neglect of wounded soldiers. He said that government has done nothing for the treatment of his eyes despite his persistent appeals to send him abroad for help.
Noor Ahmad said he still hopes to regain his sight if government gets him the right help abroad.
Noor Ahmad was seconded to a demining unit of the ALP when a mine exploded and changed his life about one and half years ago.
“I was demining in Nahr-e-Saraj when a mine exploded in front of the convoy of the national army and I sustained major wounds to my body, my legs were cut and my eyes lost their sight, my hands and whole body was wounded, I have naturalized 511 mines and exploded another 33,” Noor Ahmad said.
He accused government of not helping and said as the only breadwinner in the family he could not pay for treatment.
“I want to call on the president to help me. I was terminating the mines which are planted by the Taliban. I was in the front of the police and army forces whenever we were travelling to different regions. I was deactivating the mines, unfortunately my efforts did not yield an outcome, the president has forgotten me,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said that the leadership of the ministry is committed to addressing the problems of veterans and wounded soldiers.
“There has been incompetency in the past, but the minister of interior has directed all commanders to address the problems of the wounded soldiers and families of the martyrs,” MOI spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.