A war widow’s plea to govt & Taliban: Stop fighting
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): “My husband was killed in the war,rendering me absolutely helpless and all alone. How long should this fratricidal conflict drag on? Both Taliban and government should show mercy to orphans and widows and stop fighting.”
Mahbuba, who lost her husband in the recent Kunduz conflict, has been forced to flee her house in Kobaee locality. She has been living in dire conditions in Kunduz City -- the embattled provincial capital.
She is among 2,000 more families displaced from Khan Abad and Qurai Chi districts and Kobaee, Kunm, Hazrat Sultan, Khwaja Ghaltan and other localities to the provincial capital.
Mahbuba told Pajhwok Afghan News three weeks backher husband lost his life after a rocket struck their house during clashes between Taliban and security forces. She has been displaced along with her three sons and as many daughters.
“We are living in a rented house, with the help of Allah and my brother. I don’t have any bread-winner. Willy-nilly, I have to wash clothes at neighbours’ houses to scratch along.”
In the approaching winter, life would be even harder for them. She urged the government to ensure their safe return to home. She wants her sons to work on the land left behind by her spouse. It will be possible only when there is security and stability.
In the meantime, some 800 displaced families in Kunduz City received edibles and home appliances. Abdul Wadood Wahedi, the Kunduz governor’s spokesman, said the aid -- distributed to each of the deserving families -- included 4,000 afghanis, three wheat bags, three canes of ghee, salt and a set of home appliances.
He acknowledged the relief was far from sufficient but the government and other organisations were trying to deliver more aid to the families and ensure their safe return.
Ainullah, a resident of the Aqtash locality of Khanabad district, lived in his relative’s house. “I have a lot of land and was well-off. But the twist of fate has force me hot-foot it to the Chowk in search of manual jobs.”
He said he had everything in his village but had to work here for 200 to 300 a day to buy his eight childrenfood and other necessities. To his chagrin, there are not many clients to hire him regularly.
In the latest conflict in Kunduz, more than 18,000 families have been displaced. The refugees and repatriation department says a third of these families have returned to their homes.
Majority of families that have returned home are from Chardara, Aliabad, Qala-i-Zal and Imam Sahib districts and Gor Tepa locality.
According to security officials, major clearing operations will be launched soon to clear insecure areas of the insurgents and ensure the safe return of displaced families.
Dasht-i-Archi and parts of Chardara districts have been under Taliban control for the past two months.
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