Adnan’s older brother let it fall and it exploded. It killed him and their father on the spot. Adnan took a piece of shrapnel in the neck.

“I remember exactly what happened and I knew exactly what I had to do,” he said.” I was waiting to see what will happen and then I see the blood, I was like, ‘OK, this is it, I have to hold it and wait for help.”

It was then he began to fear for his life.

“A little bit,” he said. “I knew it was an artery and the way the blood was going, I didn’t want to think about it. I knew I was in pretty bad shape, at that point I said it was up to them.”

The pressure placed on his neck to contain the bleeding was so painful, he complained that he couldn’t breathe.

“I was cut before in my face and I didn’t even feel it. This time, it was kind of like a stab, I felt like somebody stabbed me,” he said. “After it wasn’t the pain, it was more what was going to happen.

“I kind of got a bit weaker and then I don’t remember much but I remember I was talking to my sister and a doctor was putting so much pressure on my neck I couldn’t breathe…”

Adnan’s sister had to go back to the site to pick up the things the family had left amid the confusion. She stepped on more cluster munition and was killed instantly.

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