Uri sector (Kashmir), June 19 : The Indian Army under the banner of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) recently hosted a camp in the Uri sector here to help out the physically disabled people of landmine blasts.
The latest rehabilitation camp was organised by the 5/5 Gorkha Rifles, one of the crack infantry regiments of the Indian Army in the Uri sector of the Kashmir valley.
At least 45 wheel chairs, 53 crutches, 40 hearing aids and 59 walking sticks were distributed to those rendered physically-handicapped due to landmine blasts along the Indo-Pak border.
"We have been in Kashmir so many times and every time our endeavor has been to help the people of Kashmir because they are our people. Kashmir is an inseparable part of ours and AAWA is always ready to help them," said Kirti Kapoor, President Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) and wife of General Deepak Kapoor, the Chief of Army Staff.
"During earthquake, we gave lot of aid, rehabilitated people, constructed houses for them and did whatever we could. I remember people didn't have food to eat during earthquake in Srinagar. So, whatever we could like--money, food, clothing and bedding--we distributed it all from Srinagar. We provided aid worth rupees 20 million (rupees two crores)."
Scores of people from 26 villages of Uri Tehsil had been victims of landmine blasts on the Indo-Pak border along Line of Control (LoC).
Thanks to the efforts of AWWA, the trauma that the victims had to face has been almost erased.
Basharat, one of the victims of the landmine blasts said: "I appeal to the Indian and Pakistan governments that there should be peace and prosperity. We should be able to live happily. We don't want anything else but only peace. What happened to me should not happen to anyone."
Villagers here hope there would be peace in the valley. They want to live in peace and prosperity.
Meanwhile, the local villagers have appreciated the gestures of AWWA and the Indian Army Units posted in the region. They want assistance to be given to dependent families of the people affected by landmine blasts. By Bilal Butt