Fayeqa Mehsud: Ten-year-old IED victim still waiting for help

PESHAWAR: Fayeqa Mehsud, a ten-year-old victim of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in South Waziristan, is still Waiting for help. According to her family, Mehsud was a Class II student when she met the tragic incident.

They said that unfortunately, she is no longer able to attend school due to disability as she has lost one of her legs and unable to walk. The family said she has not been even provided with a wheelchair or artificial leg.

Her family said that no practical steps were taken by the government for her treatment rehabilitation of the ten-year handicapped child.  They lamented that she is now bedridden and unable to restart her education.

Her family informed that Fayeqa Mehsud was hit by a landmine in Sara Rogha on July 20, 2019. After the blast, she was immediately shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dera Ismail Khan for medication where one of her legs was amputated.

After the amputation of her leg at the CMH, Fayeqa was brought home on August 5, 2019, and till then she is lying on the bed in her parents’ home. And so from then onward one has asked about her health and efforts or made any efforts to bring her back to routine life.

After being hit by a land mine, Fayeqa Mehsud has been laying in her home in Dera Ismail Khan without any support from any government or non-government authority. Mehsud’s parents have demanded from the government and the relevant authorities that at least artificial leg be given to the ten-year-old victim of IED blast so that their problems can be reduced and she can start the walk again.

In South Waziristan, locals say the areas that are deemed ‘safe’ are still littered with mines and IEDs in which so far dozens of security forces and local people have been killed or injured for life.