April 16

Regarding The Post’s April 10 front-page article “On dangerous ground”:

Many years ago, I sat in a dilapidated airport in Peshawar, Pakistan, waiting for a flight to Kabul. The light through the dusty window was dim, but a doctor used it to examine an X-ray that clearly showed a pointed spicule of right thigh bone, the only skeletal remains in the leg of a 10-year-old boy who, three years prior, had stepped on unexploded ordnance left by the Russians in Afghanistan. His refugee family had brought him in, desperate for a consultation.

I remember thinking that of all the monstrous crimes against humanity, knowingly leaving mines or other ordnance to maim and kill innocent civilians had to be one of the most terrible. It was incomprehensible how Moscow could do that.

Now, we find ourselves contemplating doing the same thing. This is despicable and unacceptable. If you don’t think so, picture your own child or grandchild walking out into an open field and exploding.

Jeanette Easton Akhter, Washington