War victims’ kin urge warring parties to end hostilities
KABUL (Pajhwok): Relatives of war victims on Tuesday asked all parties to the conflict to resolve their differences and jointly work for peace and stability in the country.
Zia Gul, a resident of southern Ghazni province, who lost her four sons to the decades-old conflict, on Tuesday put on display photographs of her slain sons at an exhibition held in capital Kabul in the memory of war victims.
A total 21 photographs of war victims, their shoes, shawls, pens and caps were showcased at the day-long show.
With tears falling down her face, Zia Gul said: “Afghanistan is not a graveyard where people must die every day to be buried. I ask the government and the Taliban to stop it. We, the poor people, have no more the strength to afford the loss of our loved ones.”
She said she had four sons and all of them were killed due to the unending conflict, leaving her to struggle with bitter realities of life.
One of her sons was killed 30 years back by the then government, another was killed during the Taliban government, the third during the civil war and the fourth was killed in the recent devastating bombing in Shah Shaheed area of Kabul.
Notebooks, pens and other stationary of two children each 14 and nine years old who were killed in the Shah Shaheed bombing were also put on display at the exhibition.
Zabihullah, father and uncle of the slain children, said both were working in a medical store when the suicide blast took place and claimed their lives.
Khatira Safi, head of Human Rights and Democracy Afghanistan, told Pajhwok Afghan News the exhibition was aimed to raise awareness about sympathising with relatives of war victims and avoiding a repetition of such incidents in future.
She said they had been working to collect heart-touching stories of war victims since 2011 and they had since collected 1,200 different belongings of individuals killed in bomb explosions and suicide bombings. She said also they planned to build a museum where these materials would be preserved.
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