Widow from Mazar-i-Sharif seeks govt help in educating sons
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The sole caretaker of her family, a poor widow from northern Balkh province has urged the government to help children acquire education.
Balqis, 45, who lost six members of her family including her husband, is a resident of the Ali Chopan area of Mazar-i-Sharif City, the provincial capital. She works as a cleaner at the Balkh University.
“My husband was killed as a result the civil strife in Mazar-i-Sharif,” recalled the woman, a mother of six children. She had to move to Shiberghan, the capital of Jawzjan province to live with her brothers.
However, she returned to Mazar-i-Sharif after losing her two brothers and two nephews during the US air blitzkrieg that ousted the Taliban regime in late 2001.
She started work as a cleaner at the residence of a lecturer in the city, who later helped her join the university. In the Initial days of her job, she managed to meet the basic needs of life.
However, her life was ruined when her young married son, having two children, was killed in a clash between Afghan forces and Taliban.“I did try to arrange documents for my grandchildren to get governmenthelp, but I could not do so yet.”
Her children now also help Balqisin resolving their financial woes. “I receive 5,000 afghanis a month from the university. One of my sons also works as cleaner with a rickshaw owner, while the second takes a handcart in the market. All of us toil our way to survival.”
Balqis asked the government to provide her children, one having graduated from school and the other a 10th grader, with higher education facilities. She argues education is a basic right of all Afghans, including her children.
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