War-affected family from Kunar in need of urgent assistance
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Seven members of a family who were injured three years ago in a Taliban attack in eastern Kunar province say they are yet to receive any assistance from the government or other humanitarian organisations.
Seddiqullah, guardian of the affected household, says his mother, wife, brother and four children were injured when a Taliban-fired rocket hit his house in Sawakai district three years ago.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News police transferred his injured relatives to hospital for treatment, but no one has helped him so far.“My house and belongings were damaged in the attack. Now I am in poor economic situation, but no one helped me in the reconstruction of my house.”
Seddiqullah complains police are yet to detain the attackers, much less punish them for ruining his life. He has shared his problems with the district chief, who later took up his plight with the governor’s house.
“I have visited the governor’s house in connection with my case several times, but officials there only promise help but do nothing to mitigate my predicament,” the man alleges. Documents of his injured family members have not been sent to the central government.
“I also complained to Kunar representatives in parliament. They also promised assistance, but the vows are yet to be honoured,” Seddiqullah explains.“Tired of imploring the authorities, I have decided to rely on Allah,” he comments.
Badri, mother of Seddiqullah, protests the militants had struck their house without any reason.She accuses the Taliban of shedding the blood of her sons and grandchildren. The government has not even asked about them. She wants warring sides not to harm civilians and let them live in peace.
Haji Syed, a resident of Massoud area of the district, verifies no one has extended any helpto the victims.The government generally pays 100,000 afghanis to relatives of each person killed and 50,000 to each wounded individual, but Seddiqullah’s family has been deprived of such recompense.
“Seddiqullah’s family is very poor; he could not provide even food for his injured relatives when they returned from hospital,” Syed adds. Subsequently, Seddiqullah has borrowed a lot from local residents.
Sawakai district chief, Shah Khesro Ibrar, confirms seven members of the family were injured in the rocket strike. Police transferred the injured to hospital in time and shared the case with the governor’s house. Ibrar acknowledges the family has not received any assistance.
The governor’s spokesman, Musamam Ghani, says the incident happened three years ago when another governor was in office. The former governor was responsible for addressing the issue, he argues.
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