Farmers in France and Belgium are still plowing up rusty shells from WW I bombardments. The EOD blokes gather up this iron harvest and blow it up (except for the gas shells). This has been going on for 90 years now and I don't think it's going to end anytime soon. Too bad about the kid but it's a non-story. I reckon the journo was too lazy to write something new.
What exactly is the problem we seem to have with this unfortunate young woman? It isn't as if she is being regarded exactly the same as a soldier of the war, merely as a victim of it - albeit seventy-odd years on!
She was injured by a piece of WW1 munitions - which litter northern France and Belgium - 1 in 4 fired/launched was apparently a dud. Each year a number of serving and ex-British EOD specialists attempt to assist with this state and some have paid the ultimate price.
She became addicted to her medication, which is a shame but she was no doubt as rock as us! She's a dope-fiend but then again she is also keen to make a career - so something will have to give there. She is an interesting foot-note to history, I especially like the bureaucratic nicety that she is accounted for as a mutiles de la Grande Guerre. I sense some Belgian bureaucrats might have created a job protection scheme in the veterans agency!