Arwa: An Inspiring Story for Landmine Survivors

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Vol: 14, Issue: 1

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Al-Ezzi, Mansour; Hill, Lauren
Arwa; Landmine; Survivors; Mansour Al-Ezzi; Yemen; Yemen Executive Mine Action Center; Lauren Hill; Journal; ERW; Mine Action; CISR; JMU; Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration; Peace and Conflict Studies; Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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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.