‘Eldest brother took to his grave our education wish’
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A resident of southern Helmand province says his family has been struggling with numerous problems since their eldest brother was killed in a car bombing three years ago.
The car suicide bombing that took place three years ago on the outer edges of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, targeted a tank of the American forces, but killed and wounded mostly civilians. The Taliban had claimed responsibility for that attack.
Abdul Muqeem, who lost his eldest brother to the bombing, said: “My brother was on his motorcycle to the bazaar when the American forces were attacked. Like my brother, many innocent people were killed.”
The 28-year-old, Muqeem, a resident of Lashkargah City, said his slain brother’s only was wish to see him and his another brother complete higher education in India.
“When my brother died I was in India studying. I was not informed about his death for eight months. He was like father.”
Muqeem said he completed his education in India despite many hardships and currently he was teaching at a private university in Helmand.
After the death of his brother, Muqeem’s family plunged into economic crisis something they did not come across during the life of his brother.
“I and my elder brother, Abdul Wadood, completed higher studies but not in the lifetime of our eldest brother Haji Abdul Wahid who took his wish to see us graduating to his grave.”
He said Abdul Wahid left behind three daughters and two sons and currently he was supporting Wahid’s family.
After the death of Wahid, Abdul Wadood developed mental problems and is unable to do a job.
“Abdul Wadood remains at home all the time thinking why his brother was killed and his children orphaned. He also thinks about the grave economic hardships our family face.”
Muqeem said Abdul Wahid loved all family members like a father, but he could not fill his place. However, Muqeem has been able to support his family.
“We were in good economic position when Abdul Wahid was alive, but now I am the only breadwinner for the 12-member family.”
He said Abdul Wahid was a moneychanger and also involved in real estate business, but the family had no information about his business.
“Haji Sahib was a moneychanger. He would also buy and sell land plots, but we don’t know about his deals and assets.”
To a question, Muqeem said his father had died few years ago of a protracted illness.
He urged the insurgents to stop shedding blood and reconcile with the government. He asked the government to provide jobs to people and education facilities to the youth.
Abdul Wadood, who is suffering from mental disorders, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the death of his elder brother had a deep impact on him because after his death he was supposed to support the family and his plan to complete master’s degree also failed.
The 31-year-old, Abdul Wadood, has graduated from Kabul University’s political science faculty but currently he remains indoors all the times.
He speaks briefly in 24 hours and maintains little interaction with family members and friends. In the past, Wadood would study much, but now he cannot.
“I would study a lot in the past, but now I am mentally disturbed. I try my best to get rid of this,” he said, but avoided to speak more.
Abdul Wahid’s children also did not speak.
Besides Abdul Wahid, another three civilians were killed and 15 more were injured in the car bombing, according to local officials.
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