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Naveed : Through my Eyes by John Heffernan

Naveed : Through my Eyes

by John Heffernan

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Set in Afghanistan and part of the Through my eyes series. Naveed is about 14 and has had to leave school after his father has been killed in the conflict. He does odd jobs, runs messages for people and helps out at the market but it is barely enough to get by. He also goes out onto the dangerous mine fields collecting spent shells and scrap metal risking his life for a meagre amount of money...and all the more intense when you consider his younger sister has had both legs amputated as a result of a bomb blast.
There is talk of the US and Australian forces leaving Afghanistan and Naveed is worried that if this happens the war lord/drug lords will take over as there is nothing to stop them. One day he is protected by , and then followed home by a dog he calls Naseera. When an Australian soldier Jake sees them together, he realises that the dog will make an excellent mine detection dog and so Jake starts training Naseera and Naveed to take over from him when he is called back to Australia.
Then something terrible happens and the area is plunged into rioting with Naveed not knowing which side he is on. ( )
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"The explosion jolts him awake. He sits up, gasping for air, heart thumping. Was the blast real? Perhaps it had only happened in his head, a bad dream. 'Demons of the dark' his father had called them. 'Push them away. They'll only poison your thoughts. Seek the light and they can't hurt you.'" Naveed is sick of war - of the foreign powers and the Taliban, the warlords and the drug barons that together have torn Afghanistan apart. He's had to grow up quickly to take care of his widowed mother and little sister, making what little money he can doing odd jobs and selling at the markets. When he adopts Nasera, a street dog with extraordinary abilities, he has a chance to help rebuild his country. But will a new friend's betrayal crush his dreams of peace forever? From the winter of war comes the spring of hope.… (more)

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