Eid is for the moneyed, says Kunduz woman
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A poor woman, who lost a young son in recent violence in northern Kunduz province,is totally broke, so much so that she cannot purchase her children new clothes this Eidul Fitr.
Haleema’s son -- a farmer -- was killed a year back in heavy fighting between the Taliban and security forces in Chardara district. She has since been in a state of penury.
“Following my son’s death, I have been taking care of his wife and children. We are in a really bad economic situation. My grandchildren asked me for new clothes,” the woebegone woman said.
Theinnocent souls also asked her to buy fruits as part of preparations for Eid. “Penniless as I am, I cannot meet their demands,” added a tearful Haleema.No one has helpedher family.
She is currently living in the Nawabad locality of Chardara district, with her 13-year-old son, two grandchildren and the widow of his dead son. Her husband died four years ago.
In the past, Haleema’s children would have new clothes and celebrated the festival with zeal. But this time around, they are disappointed.
“Our neighbours have made preparations for Eid as usual, unlike my children,” observed this dejected mother.
Like thousands that have no interest in marking the festival due to the killing of their love ones in fighting or sever economic problems they had been occupied by.
Ashraf, who was orphaned as a result of the Kunduz debacle, recalled: “My father had gone to bring bread from the bazaar but he was killed in fighting between the security forces and the Taliban.”
The 14-year-old said his father was a watchman in a market in the city. After his father’s death, the boy has been working hard to look after his family.
Having seven siblings, including two sisters, the boy lamented he could not make clothes for them this Eid due to financial constraints.
Ashraf appealed to businessmen and well-off individuals to help his and other poor families meet their needs and let them celebrate the occasion.
The boy,unable to speak properly due to pain and grief,remarked: ‘Eid is a happy occasion for wealthy people. The poor have nothing to do with the festival.”
He said the day when the poor children could also eat, wear and smile would be Eid for him and he would celebrate it in a big way.
Eight months back, the Taliban overran Kunduz City, the provincial capital,killing scores of civilians. War-weary residents,especiallythe war victims,have not yet forgotten that gory day.
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