Interview with the 45 % Chemically Injured Patient "Ramezan Ali Asgari":
information and propagating culture regarding the survivors of war is
"Ramezan Ali Asgari"
says: administrators for treating chemically injured patients do not have useful
and constant relation with devotees and chemically injured patients; so in my
opinion a solution must be considered for this issue so that by providing
sufficient information in this field most of the problems will be solved.
Name: Ramezan Ali
Date & Place of
Birth: 1966- Tehran
Date & Place of
Dispatch: 1983- Tehran
in the Battlefields: 23 Months
70 % Chemically Injured
Place of Residence:
He was 17 years old
when he went to the battlefields of Iran-Iraq war. He went to the war against
Iraqi Baathist forces along with his friends voluntarily. He took part in
different military operations including "Valfajr 4", "Kheibar", "Nasr 7",
"Beitolmoghadas 4" and "Badr".
His left hand was
wounded during the military operation "Kheibar". His jaw and left foot were
injured during the military operation "Badr" as a result he was hospitalized for
Ramezan Ali Asgari went back to the battlefields of Iran-Iraq war once again.
issue he says: even though my family was against this and they did not like me
to be present in the battlefields of Iran-Iraq war, but I did not wish to stay
at home. I urged so much and I was able to get permission from my parents to go
to the battlefields of Iran-Iraq war again.
I was exposed to
chemical weapons along with my comrades "Mir Hashemi" and "Pazuki" near Darbandi
The story of being
exposed to chemical weapons is as follows:
It was 1987 that we
were serving in the battlefields of "Sheikh Saleh". We were supposed to do the
military operation "Beitol-Moghadas 4" during the night. We were sitting in our
rifle pits in the morning suddenly the Iraqi Baathist aircrafts arrived there
and they started to bombard the war zone with poisonous gases. One of the bombs
was dropped near us. A whitish powder covered the ground and since the explosion
was so intensive some of the whitish powders were splashed on my body. After a
few minutes, the symptoms and scars of chemical weapons appeared on my body.
Some blisters appeared on my skin, my eyes were badly irritating and I was
feeling nausea and dizziness. Since my health condition was so critical, they
sent me to Feiz Hospital located in Esfahan province. My eyes could see nowhere.
My body was blistered from head to tip of foot. The blisters had been infected.
Our physicians did not know how to disinfect the blisters. For two weeks they
would cut the blisters and rub pomade on the wounds. This process would be
repeated everyday. I had so much pain and blisters would burn my skin, it seemed
that I was in a furnace of fire.
Effects of chemical
weapons would be increased on my body everyday; my doctors had said that there
is no hope for me to survive. Since my health condition was so critical, they
sent me to Labafi Nezhad hospital of Tehran.
injured patient keeps quiet for a few minutes and he was chocked with tears. He
slowly says: my friends Jafar Nejati, Mohsen Ali Rezaei and Mahmoud Latifiyan
were martyred in the hospital, because they had been severely exposed to
chemical weapons and their lungs had been badly damaged.
He says: our health
condition would worsen everyday. They sent us to the hospital "Fatemeh
Al-Zahra'. My hands had been badly burnt and by doing plastic surgery they were
injured patient says about his relapse after being exposed to chemical weapons
as follows: my pains followed me after being exposed to chemical weapons. I have
undergone surgeries on my eyes for five times. My doctors have transplanted some
cornea cells from my brother's eyes, but my eyes condition gets worse gradually.
My lungs have been severely damaged. With a cold, I become so weak and I can do
Asgari points to
his problems and he says: During the Iran-Iraq war, the Iranian fighters went to
the battlefields. Some of them were martyred and some of them were injured and
they were left as the survivors of the war.
Now after passing
twenty years from the Iran-Iraq war, the Iranian war veterans and chemically
injured patients have become old. Those who have been exposed to chemical
weapons can hardly tolerate their pains, but those who do not see these pains,
they can not understand them.
I as a chemically
injured patient have the pains with myself for over twenty years, but I never
received any money from any authority or organization to pay the costs of my
now the authorities have not been able to propagate a reasonable culture in this
field and this issue has caused that Iranian chemically injured patients, war
veterans and devotees to be forgotten.
He continued: I
think right now paying attention to devotees and chemically injured patients is
more important than the time of Iran-Iraq war. Unfortunately there is no
difference between a chemically injured patient and a common person.
The Foundation of
Martyrs and Veterans Affair do not have a good medical relation with chemically
injured patients and some solutions must be presented in this field so that
their problems will be solved.
In addition to
this, the authorities must have a cultural relation with devotees and chemically
injured patients as well, so that this class of society will be aware of
congresses and programs that are supposed to be held for them, because attending
the congresses and cultural programs can improve the health condition of
chemically injured patients.