With chronic spinal cord injury, ex-soldier seeks shelter
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier, who has been struggling to make ends meet over the past six years, has appealed to the government for much-needed assistance.
During a military operation in western Herat province, Niamatullah Farhadi’sspinal cord was grievously wounded in a Taliban attack. After three years of his army job, the man has no source of income.
Farhadi has been under treatment at the Herat Zonal Hospital for the past one week. He was obliged to share his pain with the government officials concern through the media.
“It was during a military operation in the Zerkoh area of Shindand district when our vehicle came under rocket attack from militants,” the ex-soldier recalled, saying he was into a ditch and his spinal cord harmed.
The man continued: “I was shifted to Kabul’s 400-bed hospital for treatment before being taken to Iran for an operation by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
“But my pain is yet to go away,” said the former soldier, who spent five years suffering from this disability in Iran.
Farhadi sold all his belongings and illegally migrated to Germany along with his mother for treatment, but doctors there told him that his spinal cord condition was not curable. He has returned to Afghanistan but has no shelter to live in.
Farhadi complained his monthly allowance was cut by the government a few months after the incident. He appealed to the authorities to provide him a house.
Safra Farhadi, the soldier’s mother, is the only person who takes care of her only son.She said that Farhadi’s wife and son were killed by a mortar shell that hit their house in the RubatSangi district of Herat.
Safra also asked the government to provide them the housing facility because they had no shelter.
However, the governor’s spokesman, Jilani Farhad, said the ANA soldier had not yet formally approached them for help.He promised the soldier would be helped if he requested the governor’s house.
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