An Afghan who prefers to live, die in Afghanistan
KABUL (Pajhwok): An old saying goes that own people always shoulder you in hard times while others will kick you out, Kaka Noor Muhammad 63 has undergone same experiences when he was kicked out by UK Embassy as an employee at a time when he was in dire need of a job but a local news agency hired him as a guard.
In his exclusive chat with Pajhwok Afghan News, he said: “I would not be able to marry my five daughters had I not got job soon after I was kicked out from British embassy in Kabul where I served for around 35 years.”
Noor Mohammad is widely known as Kaka, which means uncle. He has been working with the news agency as a guard for the last thirteen years soon after he lost his embassy job.
Kaka was born in 1952 in Kabul and he lost his parents when he was only 10 years old. “I started to work with a mechanic in a workshop and that was my first job. I was hardly 13 year old,” the shy Kaka said.
War, fighting and insecurity affect people to forget the past events but Kaka is exempted since he remembers all the dates and names of colleagues of his past. “I have been observing ups and down in life since my early childhood but I am lucky that I have not remained jobless in my life for long period,” he shared the reason of his strong memory, adding that poverty and lack of financial resources increased tension and anxiety.
Kaka is old but a jolly story teller and a true patriot who enjoys sharing his past memories. “In 1966, I was 14 year old when Bhagha Singh, an Indian accountant at British Embassy in Kabul, hired me in the embassy. He remained enough kind to me till my entire carrier and I used to work in his home garden. Indians are somehow inclined towards Afghan,” the smiling Kaka narrated his first experience of getting job.
Kaka remains busy with his duty and rarely roams around from his duty place. These are the qualities which he had exercised since his first job. He rarely misses sharing his life as an Afghan National Army Cadet.
“I learnt discipline in Afghan National Army (ANA). I loved to serve in ANA because I loved my country and I loved then King and then president. I served for one year during King Zahir Shah and one year during Sardar Dawood.”
“I was a wrestler and won several wrestling competitions for my battalion,” showing the old muscles with pride, Kaka exclaimed with joy “I am thankful to Allah that I am not diabetic, blood pressure or any other such diseases which normally my peer have.”
Serving ANA for two years, Noor Mohammad rejoined British embassy in 1974. He learnt different skills as a plumber, carpenter, gardener and guard while working in British embassy where he worked for around 35 years. “I give precious 35 years of my life to British for working in embassy but was kicked out so easily like I have stayed for a week there,” he recalled the gloomy moments of his life in 2002.
British embassy hired Nepalese instead of Afghans in 2001 and 2002. The staff was promised to provide support to getting jobs but they never kept on their promises.
“I might have heart attack had I not got job soon in leading news agency in Afghanistan,” the old wrestler said, adding that “I was worried for my daughters’ marriages and also for other household expenses.”
Noor Mohammad Kaka has never left his country during the entire war in Afghanistan. “I don’t want to exchange my peaceful and contented life in war torn Kabul with living as a refugee in peaceful countries,” 63-year-old guard said and left to open the gate for a staff van.
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