Daikundi women take to the streets against ramshackle roads
NIELI (Pajhwok): Dozens of women on Sunday staged a protest in Nieli, the capital of central Daikundi province, against what they called dilapidated condition of roads and the government’s failure to repair them.
The enraged protestors carried placards asking President Ashraf Ghani to honour his pledges by reconstructing the lousy roads of Daikundi on a priority basis.
Rahima, one of the protestors, told Pajhwok Afghan News two sick women had recently lost their lives on the way to hospital in Sang-i-Takht and Khader districts just because of poor road condition.
“Everyone talks about mother and her child deaths, but we have seen with our own eyes how pregnant women have suffered on their way to hospitals because of the bumpy and broken roads,” she added.
Rahima recalled: “President Ghani and Chief Executive Officer had promised a lot on the campaign trail. We want to remind them of the promises they have held out to us.” She hoped the government would address the issue.
Daikundi women’s deaths because of ramshackle roads in the province were unacceptable to them, said protestors, regretting repeated demands from residents and civil society activists for the rebuilding of roads had gone unheeded.
Deputy Governor Habibullah Radmanish admitted the roads connecting districts with the provincial capital were of shabby quality, which made travel dangerous. More than 70 percent of the roads had been destroyed by rains and floods, he added.
The Daikundi people lost their lives in traffic mishaps on a daily basis, just like those who fell victims to suicide attacks in insecure provinces.
Sumaya Mohammadi, a female member of the provincial council, said: “We hope the provincial government will pay due attention to the poor condition of roads and reconstruct them with a sense of urgency.”
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