From Sar-i-Pul to Jawzjan: tale of a war-displaced widow
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): A widow, who lost her three family members to recent violence in northern Sar-i-Pul province, says she has been suffering from bad economic condition.
The 50 years old, Tajwar, is one of hundreds of people who migrated to northern Jawzjan province from Sar-i-Pul due to the conflict in their areas.
After being displaced, she arrived in Shiberghan, the provincial capital of Jawzjan, where she is living in a ruined house in Chilmard area over the past six months.
“We were living peacefully in Sheramha village of Sar-i-Pul where we never needed anyone’s support and everything was normal, but our happy life was ruined after a new chapter of war was opened in our area,” the elderly women said.
She said the Taliban came to their area and shot dead some people and disrupted the people’s normal life.
Clad in a shawl, she was sobbing and said “Taliban killed my father-in-law, a son-in-law and my son, so I and some other affected families were obliged to leave our homes for Shiberghan.”
He husband was killed a few years ago and her son was recently shot dead by Taliban displaced her along with her daughter and three minor children. She her widowed daughter had also no one to support her and her children.
“I and nearly 40 other families are living together in this destroyed building and most of the families have no one to support them.”
“When we came from Sar-i-Pul to Shiberghan, we did not bring anything with ourselves, even not a blanket. We were obliged to knock at people’s doors and demand bread and pots for eating food. We started our lives from zero,” she said about leaving behind her belongings in her village.
She and most of other women living in the damaged house eke out living by washing clothes of people and cleaning houses.
“We don’t avail many facilities of life. We don’t have access to electricity, doctor and medicine in this area. There is no one to share grief with us, there is no school, no book and no teacher for the dozens of children living in this damaged house,” she said, adding that they had so far received aid once during the past six months.
“At the beginning, we approached the governor’s office and the department of refugee and repatriation and asked for assistance, but they provided us cash assistance once,” she said.
She hoped security would return to her hometown and they would be able to return their houses and to their normal and safe life.
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