One little creature
As my small team and I were driving on our way to Al Razaz recently, we saw this poor little soul trudging along a busy main road pulling his heavy cart carrying three boys. As we saw the boys rain blows down upon his scrawny little back with what looked like a thick heavy broom handle, we pulled up on the roadside just ahead of them. (We did confiscate the stick!)
The boys stopped and let us examine the little donkey who had a bleeding open wound on his back from where one of the young boys had beaten him repeatedly with that stick. Our volunteer vet Dr Mohammed and our assistant Lukman did their best to try to talk to the boys and explain why what they were doing is so wrong, and we bathed and treated that little donkey's wounds as best we could.
It was clear that the back wound hurt him badly as he winced as Lukman and our vet treated it despite how gentle they were. And even though I was feeding him tasty carrots to help take his mind off the pain, little chewed pieces of carrot dropped from his mouth as he turned to try to have a bite of one of them! Poor little creature. And yet, in the back of the cart I noticed a bunch of grass that the boys had picked and they said it was for their donkey to eat when they would reach home…
The boys and their donkey live in a village not far from Qalqilya called Ras Atira. Many years ago we used to work there with our mobile clinic but about five years ago the army blocked the entrances to the village from the main road and to gain entry is now very difficult if not impossible. We told the boys about our clinic in Qalqilya and they said they would bring their donkey to us in the future…
Such a hard and miserable little life for such a small weak donkey, I just pray for him and pray they will bring him to us again.
Ideally in the future, funds permitting, I feel that, as well as having our little hospital base in Qalqilya, we need to travel further inside the town and the villages located to the south that have been blocked from the main roads, to enable us to reach out to more of those animals who so need our help.