The video of a boy with an artificial limb dancing his heart out has taken the internet by storm.
The boy is Ahmed from Afghanistan's Logar. He lost his leg in a landmine explosion. Ahmed received an artificial limb at the orthopedic centre of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan.
The heartening video shows Ahmed back on his feet doing a jiggle out of happiness after being able to walk and dance again.
Landmines were first used in World War I. Hundreds of years have passed, but the technique is still being used today. In 1979, the United Nations took steps to ban them, but they proved to be unsuccessful.
Following that, Princess Diana joined a campaign against landmines in 1997. She took a trip to Angola, which was one of the most heavily mine-contaminated countries in the world. Princess Diana’s call for the ban made the UN take an initiative to ban them.
In the same year, the UN’s Convention On The Prohibition Of The Use, Stockpiling, Production And Transfer Of Anti-Personnel Mines And On Their Destruction, known as the Ottawa Treaty, was signed by 164 countries. Pakistan, India, America, China, and Russia did not sign it.
A report from 2018 revealed that there are more than 500 million landmines in 58 countries across the globe, including Pakistan, which affect more than 7,000 people. Of these people, 2,793 have lost their lives and 4,331 were injured.
Russia reportedly has the most number of landmines at 20 million, followed by Pakistan with six million. In Pakistan, the landmines are present in different parts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Hundreds of people have lost their lives and gotten injured because of them. Many children, women, old people, and youngsters have lost their body parts, such as arms or legs, in landmine explosions.
These blasts affect people in Afghanistan on a daily basis too. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, over 4,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosives in Afghanistan last year.