UNICEF in Emergencies & Humanitarian Action

He narrowly escaped death when their UNICEF vehicle came under attack in Afghanistan but Mohammad Qasim Nazari still stands strong as a champion for children's rights

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UNICEF commemorates World Humanitarian Day by recognizing our colleagues along with all humanitarians who have lost their lives in the course of their work, and those who continue to serve

Kabul, Afghanistan, 23 May 2013 – Mohammad Qasim Nazari  started his career with UNICEF Afghanistan in 2001 when he was appointed as WASH Assistant with UNICEF in Herat, western Afghanistan . Later he was promoted to the position of WASH Officer in the same region.

Mr. Nazari is a hardworking, reliable and honest Afghan who loves working for the betterment of children. The officer loves traveling across the region and says that the happiest time of his life was when he inaugurated a water supply project in a remote area of Afghanistan which provided children with clean drinking water.

“Worst moment of my life”

 “It was 2006 and I was tasked to travel to the province of Badghis for opening the water project. I traveled to the location and completed the task successfully. It was by far the happiest moment of my life” says the WASH officer. “However, those moments didn’t last long, it was Friday 12 May 2006 and I was on the way back to Herat province when a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) was fired at us. The rocket first hit the chest of the driver, Khair Mohammad, then went through my legs and hit Dr Zmarai Multezar who was sitting right behind me. The incident happened about 90 km away from Herat province around 2 pm. It all happened so suddenly and by the time I realised what had happened, I had lost my two friends, I also realised that I had severely injured my legs. The police escort which was escorting us was nowhere to be seen and I took shelter under the car. Soon I started losing hope, also because of my injury, I started falling unconscious and then tried to bring myself back. I thought I was about to die however with the grace of God, I survived” says the brave colleague.

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“It was 6 pm by the time the second driver came to rescue me, the moment I got into the car, I fainted only to wake up in hospital. This was the worst moment of my life.” Mr. Nazari added. Nazari was sent to Dubai for treatment however the doctors had to amputate one of his legs. The WASH officer was down but not out, he re-joined the office and his commitment to his work and to the children of Afghanistan is as solid as ever. Mr. Nazari added. Nazari was sent to Dubai for treatment however the doctors had to amputate one of his legs. The WASH officer was down but not out, he re-joined the office and his commitment to his work and to the children of Afghanistan is as solid as ever.

No better job

“I find working with UNICEF very interesting; in my mind, no job is better than helping children and women. Children are the foundation of the human society and if we guide them well, they will take good care of the world and this is the why I decided to work with UNICEF Afghanistan” Nazari says.


 

 

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