The Afghan army has inherited the conflict America started, and the country’s hospitals bare the proof: floors full of amputees and morgues with stacks of coffins. One week before his wedding, Sgt. Mashiullah Hamdard, 19, stepped on a bomb that changed everything. Now, he seeks to persevere.
One week before his wedding, Sgt. Masiullah Hamdard, now 19, stepped on the bomb that tore off his legs and left arm. Here, he arrives at the prosthetic center of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kabul in October. He was set to take his first steps on his prosthetic legs. Even in a country with one of the world’s highest proportions of amputees, the newest generation of war-wounded Afghans has emerged so suddenly that the government is overwhelmed.Javier Manzano/For The Washington Post