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« on: Mar 15, 2008 12:36 AM »


This is so sad, but needs to be read. One small story among the millions suffering. Please make dua, donate and do everything you can to help bring about peace in the world.

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/03/13/iraq.amputee/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

After bomb blast, wife is left to be her husband's legs

    * Story Highlights
    * Iraqi woman devotes herself to caring for injured husband
    * Her husband lost both legs in bombing, has been unable to get prosthetics
    * "I saw my legs were severed, just flesh and skin," he says
    * Wife: "I am asking people for help because I cannot leave him alone in the house"

From Arwa Damon and Mohammed Tawfeeq
CNN

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Shada's back aches more and more each day as she literally bears her family's burden. Clothed in a black robe, she strains under her husband's weight.

Murtada, a 29-year-old taxi driver, was once a proud husband and father. But one morning last October, he kissed his family good-bye and set off to work. Within hours, their world was shattered. A bomb blew off both his legs above the knee.

"I lost consciousness for a bit. I knew I was wounded," he says.

"I was under the car. I saw my legs were severed, just flesh and skin. I was holding my legs, bleeding." VideoWatch Shada strain to carry her husband »

Helpless, the daily burden is now on Shada. She carries Murtada when he needs to be moved.

She can't even leave the house because of the constant care she provides her husband.

"I want to work, but I can't really because then who will stay with my husband?" she says. "Who will take him to the bathroom? My first concern every morning is my husband." PhotoSee the struggles of Iraqi women »

The attack did to Murtada what roadside bombs, rocket fire, and sniper shootings have done to thousands of Iraqis. Since the war began, the estimates of wounded Iraqis have ranged from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of people. VideoGo inside Iraq with CNN's Arwa Damon »

According to Iraq's Health Ministry, 25 percent of the wounded have lost at least one limb.

Murtada is one of these grim stats, and his life is now a nightmare. He has stumps where his legs used to be and hasn't been able to get prosthetics. He moves around by lifting himself with his arms, riding in a wheelchair or being carried by his wife.

Life has forced Shada to tap into a physical and emotional strength she did not know she possessed. Their 3-year-old son helps care for his father.

One time, Murtada admits his thoughts turned dark. "I was thinking, 'Is this really going to be my life?' And then I was thinking about my son and how I can't provide for him, and then I began thinking about poisoning myself."

This small family lives in a small rented house in a Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad. Shada has endured many tough times amid war and conflict. Her brother was shot dead and her father died because of poor health care.

Neighbors have helped the family financially, and Shada tries to make ends meet by selling gasoline on the street.

But the circumstances have forced the man she relied on to rely on her.

"I look at him like a baby, with the needs of a baby," she says. "Nobody but me can help him. I cannot go to the markets because of him. I am asking people for help because I cannot leave him alone in the house.
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 15, 2008 02:45 AM »

As salaamu alaikum

This is indeed sad, stil thank you for sharing it.  It reflects the true power of love, in my opinion, as well as proves the true inner strength that women possess that they willingly do whatever is needed for their families.  It is also a reminder to us, I believe, that we should be blessed for what we have because even that can be taken away in an instant.  For me it is sometimes easy to forget that but then an experience occurs that reminds us of that lesson and also reminds us of what we are truly made of.

As salaamu alaikum

Fa'izah
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