My children ask where is our father, says a widow
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A widow, who lost her husband in a suicide explosion, in southeastern Khost province complains she has been struggling to feed her children in the face of extreme poverty.
Shakila, 35, told Pajhwok Afghan News she was originally from northern Baghlan province and was currently living in Khost City, the provincial capital, since four years.
Her husband would carry goods from one place to another in a cart and would sometimes work as daily wager, she recalled. He was killed in a suicide attack which targeted a US forces’ convoy in the city. The blast killed 20 civilians including her husband.
“My husband was there when the attack took place. When I reached hospital and saw his dead body, I fell down unconscious.”
The widow is living in eastern part of Khost City in a two-room house with her old father and mother in laws. She said after the death of her husband she had to deal with all affairs of home and she looked after her five children and in-laws.
After his husband’s death, she said she had been suffering from different issues, including economic, social and supervision of her five small kids.
With her voice overwhelmed by her grief, she said: “Sometimes my children ask me about their father, they question where their father has gone? I show them my father-in-law, but they don’t accept and say he is not our father.”
At home, she works on handicrafts earning her 50 afghanis a day, which is nothing to meet her needs. Shakila said: “Sometimes we the elders don’t eat to ensure the children are not hungry.”
She said the government paid her 100,000 afghanis after the death of her husband but had never asked about their problems afterwards.
She said she had asked frequently the government and the Red Crescent Society for help, but failed to get any assistance.
She said problems and difficulties in her life were increasing and asked aid-giving organizations for help.
Her farther-in-law, Habib, said he could not afford looking at his grandchildren given their miserable life.
He swore the family sometimes remained without food for days and provided the children with rice. He asked the government and aid organizations to provide them with assistance.
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