The story of Omer Khan
31-12-1988 Film Ref. V-F-CR-F-00140 Edouard Winiger
Omer Khan, the hero of this film, is a 13-year-old Afghan boy who was wounded in the war and now lives as a refugee in Pakistan. He has known war all his life. The powerful pull of family ties led Omer and his father to slip back into their country one night to travel to the village of their birth. On the way, Omer had one of his legs blown off when he stepped on a mine.
He was brought to the ICRC hospital in Peshawar, a border town in Pakistan. They were able to save his life but today he is crippled, like so many hundreds of others. In this film, which takes us through the different stages of his rehabilitation, Omer describes in moving terms how the war has affected his life and tells us of his hope that some day he will be able to return home.