Talented but paralyzed engineer seeks job
FARAH CITY (PAN): Ziauddin, who’s both legs lost mobility due to spinal cord damage after falling from a building 13 years ago in Farah City, says he graduated from the engineering faculty this year. “I knocked at many doors, but failed to find a job.”
The 27-years-old, a native of Khashkabi village in Khaki Safaid district, currently lives in Farah City, the capital of western Farah province next to Iran. A month after his spine damaged, Ziauddin recalls his elder brother died in a traffic accident, when he was just 14 years old.
Sitting in his wheelchair, the young engineer, who received his early education in Iran and graduated from high school in six years after taking promotion tests, remembered economic hardships did not allow him to get treatment for his spinal cord injury.
On qualifying the university entrance test, Ziauddin had a chance to peruse his higher studies in India on scholarship, but he did not avail the chance because of his passion to become a doctor. “The scholarships did not include medical education.”
Then he got admission in the Medical University in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, but the university staff did not welcome a paralyzed student. “They would tell me you are a disabled person and you cannot perform as a medic.”
The indecent behavior led Ziauddin to relinquish his childhood wish of becoming a doctor and changed his subject from medical to engineering in the same university.
Despite many problems during student life, he was able to complete his engineering degree, thanks to maternal uncle, Ghausuddin, the Pashrud district chief, who financially supported him.
Ziauddin’s father died 14 years ago and he lives with his mother and two sisters. His family has long been waiting to see him going to work after graduating from the university.
“I keep applying for jobs related to my field, but I have often been told that you cannot work, without giving me a chance to show my ability.”
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