It took a pair of landmines that severed Malek Mohammad’s legs for him to find his life’s passion for swimming in land-locked Afghanistan.He was 11 years old when he stepped on the mines as he gathered firewood in a vacant lot in Kabul, a city still trying to recover from years of civil war.”When I lost my legs … I was in a terrible condition because I didn’t know about my future and I was feeling very bad,” Mohammad, now 24, told Reuters as he rested after swim practice on a recent morning in Kabul. Faced with an uncertain future in a country where many war victims face lifetimes of suffering, Mohammad’s life changed when a U.S. government official arranged for him to receive treatment… Next »
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