War-induced misfortunes chase Jawzjan family into Balkh
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A resident of northern Jawzjan province, Mohammad Jan, migrated to neighbouring Balkh province fleeing insecurity in his hometown, but he lost his four family members here.
Actual resident of Faizabad district of Jawzjan, the 60-year-old Mohammad Jan arrived in Balkh along with his extended family 15 years ago due to insecurity and lawlessness in their own area.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview that during the past 15 years he spent in Balkh, he lost four family members including a son and three nephews due to the conflict. Three of the slain individuals were police.
Jan said the past 15 years snatched away all joys from his life and left him struggling with chronic economic problems. During the period, he said, the government had extended him little help.
“Powerful individuals have seized my own land in my ancestral village and their atrocities forced us to migrate to Balkh.”
He said they migrated to Balkh because they feared for their lives, but he lost four family members here.
He said the government had extended him insufficient aid and he wanted the government to pay him attention.
He said he had been trying to complete documents of his slain family members over the past few years, but was yet to succeed.
He said he was concerned about the future of children left behind by the martyred family members while the government seemed unwilling to assist him.
Mohammad Jan said he was opposed to the ongoing war in the country because the war had brought catastrophe to every home.
He called on the parties to the conflict to shun violence and let the people live a peaceful life.
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