Najeeb Hameed Double tragedy: Displacement, then landmine injury
Najeeb Hameed, a 49-year-old father from Taiz, Yemen, is married with five children. He tells us his story: “When my family and I were forced to leave our home, we came to live with other displaced people in the village of Hadhran, which is west of the Taiz city center. Before we came here, I worked as a driver, which was my only source of income. I was providing for my family, and everything was going well, until it all changed and a long chapter of suffering and tragedy began for everyone in my city, including us.”
“First, the main roads to my city were closed, which hindered my work as a driver, and eventually, I lost my job. My only concern was providing a safe place for us to live, and to do that, my family and I had to flee to a neighboring village, where we had no home.”
“One day, I went out to look for a job. I had taken only five steps when my life changed forever. I heard an explosion, and when I woke up, I found myself lying in a hospital bed. I didn’t know what had happened; I only knew that I was in the intensive care unit surrounded by doctors, with medical devices attached to my body. The one thing I noticed right away was that I could not feel my feet at all. I was later told that a landmine had exploded beneath me, and that the doctors had to amputate one of my feet. I nearly died from the shock and devastation of my situation”.
“Fortunately,” he added, “when I went to the hospital one day to get some medication, one of the doctors told me about the Artificial Limbs Center in Taiz, which was supported by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief). He said I could get a good prosthetic limb there that would enable me to walk and work again. I decided to visit the center right away."
The center welcomed Najeeb, and immediately presented all of his case information to a doctor who was specialized in treating amputees. After technicians took all of the required measurements, they manufactured a custom limb for Najeeb, and once it was fitted, he began training to learn to use it.
"The idea of my walking again was only a dream,” Najeeb concluded. “And then, thanks to KSrelief, it became a dream come true! And now, I’m being fitted with a new prosthesis, since the first one is no longer suitable for me."