Kurdish Man Suffers Leg Amputation in Mine Explosion Spike in Kurdistan

Sanandaj, Kurdish Province, Iran – Hamdi Mahbuobian, a 48-year-old Kurdish resident of Kamyaran, faced a tragic incident resulting in severe injuries and a leg amputation following a mine explosion while on duty at the Kamyaran Telecommunications Office. This event contributes to a series of mine-related accidents affecting at least four individuals, with one fatality, within the past three days.

The Hengaw Organization for Human Rights received a report on Thursday, March 28, 2024, detailing the mine explosion that occurred in Morvarid village, Kamyaran. The blast caused extensive injuries to Hamdi Mahbuobian, leading to the necessary amputation of his leg. He was promptly taken to Kowsar Hospital in Sanandaj for immediate medical treatment.

The unfortunate incident underscores the continuous threat of mine-related casualties in Kurdistan, as documented by the Statistics and Documents Center of the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights. Over the past three days, one person has lost their life, and three others have sustained injuries in separate incidents across three different cities.

The ongoing dangers posed by landmines in the Kurdish region highlight the urgent need for increased safety measures and awareness campaigns to prevent further tragedies. The impact of these explosions goes beyond the immediate physical harm, causing long-lasting emotional and psychological effects on the victims and their families.

Efforts to address the prevalence of landmines and to provide support to those affected by such incidents are crucial in ensuring the well-being and security of communities in Kurdistan. The authorities must prioritize initiatives to clear mines and educate the public about the risks associated with these devices to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future.

As Hamdi Mahbuobian continues to recover from his injuries and adapt to life with a prosthetic limb, his story serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of landmine explosions and the importance of taking proactive measures to mitigate such risks. The community’s support and solidarity are essential in helping individuals like Hamdi rebuild their lives after experiencing such traumatic events.