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Legs blown off, ex-army officer sells potatoes in Nangarhar

Legs blown off, ex-army officer sells potatoes in Nangarhar

May 11, 2016 - 11:22

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A former Afghan National Army (ANA) officer, who lost his legs in a bomb explosion, is now selling potatoes and other vegetables in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

Riyatullah did his Masters at a military academy in former Czechoslovakia. He legs were blown off in an explosion in the mujahidin era. For the past 17 years, hehas been selling vegetable at a roadside stall.

The ex-army official believes he could earn a living in a more dignified way. Ignored by the government, he set up a small stall to avoid begging. “With my own hands, I have to work daily to support my family. And I’m proud of this,” he remarks.

During Dr. Najibullah’s rule, he served as intelligence officer in a military unit and worked as technical communication officer in the President Burhanuddin era.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News Riyatullah expressed optimism he could work efficiently in the field of communications. Given a chance, he thinks he can perform other military duties as well.

“I was deprived of both legs in an explosion that hit our vehicle at a time when Prof. Rabbani was the president of the country. I have since been selling potatoes.” He is ready to serve an impoverished country that sent him to sturdy abroad.

“I don’t have any complaintin my life. People remember me with honour because I don’t ask anyone for help,” says the former military officer, who looks determined to deal with the ups and downs in his life.

He wants disabled people to have self-confidence and avoid seeking alms. Another shopkeeper in the area, Mohammad Haider, hailed Maj. Riyatullah as very bold man. He called on government to provide a job opportunity for him.




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