‘The rocket cut my daughters into pieces’
MAHMODRAQI (Pajhwok): Saifur Rahman, a schoolteacher, says his two daughters, aged eight and nine years, were cut into pieces after being hit by a rocket fired during clashes between security forces and Taliban militants in Tagab district of central Kapisa province.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the 55-year-old said several civilians were killed every week during clashes between Taliban and Afghan forces in Tagab.
“Civilians are being killed inside and outside of their homes,” he said, holding Taliban responsible for civilian casualties and damages to their properties.
He said the Taliban used to enter civilian homes and fire at security forces and mostly civilians, including women and children, were killed in crossfire.
“One morning, a heavy clash was underway. My wife was at her father’s home, but I was home and had asked my daughters not to go outside today. But later I left home for the bazaar,” he said.
Rahman said it was 10am when his two daughters left home for their uncle’s home, but came under a rocket strike. “Their bodies were cut into pieces.”
“I was informed on the telephone. I urgently returned home from the bazaar and saw my daughters’ remains.” Rahman said his wife and other daughters were not aware of the incident until evening.
“We dug graves for them after the clashes had slowed down in the evening and then we buried them in cooperation with villagers, and then I informed my wife and daughters,” he added.
“I would think I am still young and can work to feed my family what if I don’t have a son. But the death of my two daughters broke my back. I cannot enjoy my life. I always remember them,” he said.
Rahman said he spent of the nights awakening and walking around home mid-night. “My one leg and a hand paralyzed after a stroke few months ago, but they are somehow good after treatment,” he said.
“Oh God, put an end to the conflict in our country so our people can live in peace and think about development,” Rahman prayed, asking the warring sides to avoid causing casualties to civilians.
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