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In dire straits, Kunduz woman in need of cash support

In dire straits, Kunduz woman in need of cash support

Aug 11, 2016 - 11:39

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A woman, who lost her husband in recent clashes in northern Kunduz province, is in dire straits and worried about the future of her two daughters and a son.

Shah Jahan, 50, currently lives in the Syed Mukhtar Agha locality of Chardara district in crumbling house.She told Pajhwok Afghan News her 55-year-old husband and two young sons were killed in fierce fighting in the town.

Shah Jahan, failing to control her tears,narrated in a choked voice the excruciating situation she has been in after the Talibaninfo-icon the district in June 2015. The ensuing firefights lasted several days.

“Our house is located in front of a police check-post. All of a sudden, anartillery shell hit the yard of our house and claimed the lives of my husband and son. My two daughters and I were inside our room.”

While wiping away her tears with a shawl, she recalled: “After an hour when there was a brief let-up in gunfire, I sent my 17-year-old son to inform neighbours, but he was also martyred as a second shell fell in our yard.”

It was a day of agony for her, as three coffins departed went out of her house. Jahan says she will not forget the anguish until she reaches the grave. For her, the loss of three family members has brought multiple woes.

She has since been working to feed her three children and ensure a secure future for them. But despite toiling all day long, she cannot easily make ends meet and wants the government to give her financial assistance. No one has helped her yet.

But Natural Disaster Management Authority DirectorMir Aqa Itebar claimed each of the families affected by the fighting in Chardara district had been provided 50,000 afghanis.

He explained an international organisation had pledged to deliver assistance to war victim families, but later went back on its commitment. Subsequently, some affected families could not get compensation.

On the second day of Ramadaninfo-icon, the district felt to the Taliban remained under their control for some days. Several people were killed and wounded in the clashes.



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