Ten young girls in Afghanistan have been killed by a landmine. They were reportedly gathering firewood at the time. The incident happened in the eastern Afghanistan Nangarhar province. One of the girls unwittingly chopped into the bomb with an axe. Ten young lives gone in the blink of an eye. Families left bereaved and grief stricken. According to sources the girls were aged between 9 and 13. Apart from those who died two girls received serious, possibly life threatening, injuries.
The landmine was a long standing death trap waiting to happen, left over from the Afghan conflict with Russia. Perhaps it should be mentioned here that some countries in the West were keen to supply the people Arms during that conflict. Certain Afghans waged a Jihad against the Russians and we colluded. According to wikipedia " The mujahideen received wide military and financial support from Pakistan, also receiving direct and indirect support by the United States and China."
Now those same people, the Mujahideen, are enemies classed as insurgents and terrorists, the Taliban. And so on it goes.
SkyNews reports "In the first six months of 2012, 1,145 Afghan civilians were killed and around 2,000 wounded, mostly by roadside bombs. Women and children account for about 30% of this year's casualties."
The country is so heavily mined after recent conflicts that it will be nigh on impossible to ever make safe. Work goes on to try and make it as safe as possible. The UN claims that thousands of mines and explosives have been destroyed but there are so many more hidden unseen just waiting for a person to come close.
One thing that instantly sprang to this blogger's mind was that it was young girls doing this work and not boys nor men. Yes it appears that the lot of females in Afghanistan has changed little.
The latest news is that it was nine girls who were killed and three injured. That of course could still change. Locals claim it was an old Jihad bomb whilst some officials have said it is a recent Taliban bomb. Whoever was responsible suffice to say there are many such bombs scattered around Afghanistan, potentially killing any person or persons who encounters them.