Stop taking lives with merciless IEDs, victim family tells Taliban
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A family who lost three children to a roadside bombing in southern Kandahar province has urged the Taliban to stop claiming lives of people with the merciless device.
Another six members of the family were injured when the hidden bomb ripped through a three-wheeler they were travelling in to visit relatives during Eidul Fitr religious festival.
The incident took place on the fifth day of Eid in Mullah Wali Mohammad Weyala area in the Arghistan district.
At that time, Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani had told Pajhwok Afghan News that the blast killed three children and injured six other members of the same family.
The injured included three women, including mother of the children, and as many men, who were then brought to the Mirwais hospital and now they are covering.
The ill-fated family said their visible injuries would heal, but the wounds their hearts suffered would never heal.
The head of the family, 61-year-old grey-bearded Mohammad Sarwar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the cruel people not only crushed the three young flowers before the family could watch them blossom but also turned the happiness of Eid into a great pain and sorrow.
“The whole family had attached their hopes with the three children,” he said, recalling how the blast took place on their rickshaw.
He said his family wanted to visit relatives on the fifth of Eid when a huge blast ripped through their vehicle.
“It was the fifth day of Eid. Everyone was happy because they were planning to visit friends, but they did not know a blind demon on the way will change their happiness into grief.”
“It was a heavy grief, on the one side there were the dead and mutilated bodies of three minor children and on the other there were six seriously injured family members who needed immediate treatment,” Sarwar said.
As he sobbed, he said: “I have no words to explain my grief and pain, you may imagine how one feels when got in such a situation.”
He burst into tears and asked what sin the three children had committed that they were killed so brutally.
“We everyday hear it that people are being killed in roadside bombings, but how long will this continue and what for,” asked Mohammad Sarwar. “Who are killing us, who should we ask?” he further questioned.
The elderly man begged to the Taliban to stop killing people and taking innocent lives with landmines.
He said some government officials had visited them at the hospital and provided them some cash assistance.
But the assistance could not return them the three flowers who were cut into pieces in the landmine blast, he added.
The mother of the three slain children, who was injured in the blast, told Pajhwok Afghan News from her hospital bed: “I have forgotten about myself, I have gone mad after my children whose memories pierce into my heart.” She started crying loudly.
She also said people were fed up with the situation and they could no longer afford to see their family members being ruthlessly killed daily.
Surgical ward in-charge at the Mirwais Hospital, Dr. Syed Mohammad Rassoul, said they operated on at least 200 patients daily and most them were those sustaining injuries in roadside blast.
He said such patients were mostly brought from within Kandahar and from neighbouring Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces.
He said critically injured persons sometimes succumbed to their wounds due to rundown condition of roads and the lack of facilities in their own areas.
The surgeon said the number of people injured in roadside bombings had increased this year compared to all previous years.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights officials in Kandahar confirm civilians casualties have increased.
The rights office spokesman in Kandahar, Aziz Akrami, said most of the civilian casualties resulted from roadside bomb blasts. He called on all parties to the conflict to spare civilians in their operations.
Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani said the insurgents used to plant roadside bombs on roads and public places and security forces daily searched for the bombs.
He said dozens of landmines were daily detected and defused by security forces, but sometimes the hidden bombs caused heavy casualties to both civilians and security forces.
Durrani said no one had been arrested so far in connection with the roadside bomb that killed three children in the Arghistan district and injured six others.
However, he said police were trying to find the perpetrators of the incident and bring them to justice.
The governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpalwak, said provincial government officials had visited the injured family members of Mohammad Sarwar at hospital and provided them with some cash assistance.
He said the provincial government was trying to reach out to the victims of war and assist them in line with the available resources.
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