In Shiberghan, mother of 3 martyred soldiers has to beg
SHEBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Sarwar, a 65-years-old woman who lost three sons serving in the Afghan National Army (ANA), has been faced with abject poverty. With her sons, she has also lost hope in life.
With old clothes on her body and struggling to find enough to make her ends meet, Sarwar in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said that she was unable to work and her very basic food were donated by her relatives and neighbors.
She said the pains of her life have pressed her and she alone could not do enough to resolve her problems or find a cure for her hurts.
Sarwar shifted her residence from Qush Tapa district of northeastern Badakhshan province to Shebrghan, the provincial capital during the leadership of former King Mohammad Zahir Shah.
“My husband died to illness many years ago, I was enjoying a peaceful life with my three sons in Shebrghan City, but the war took all of our happiness and made me derelict,” she said.
Also suffering from hepatitis and sugar, the elderly woman said, “One of my sons recruited with ANA forces in order to provide our needs, he was recently deployed to Sar-I-Pul province, but after few days serving there, I received his dead body, he was killed in a clash with Taliban,”
She said her second son was also killed while serving with ANA forces in the capital Kabul and her third son was killed when working with Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces in Shebrghan.
“I am currently suffering a bad situation, I have to beg in order to find some food for eat, no one have so far asked me my life,” Sarwar added.
She has also been ignored by charities that distribute food and other essential items to the poor.Currently, shelives in Yaka Bagh area of Shiberghan with her son-in-law. “My son-in-law is a well digger, who rarely finds work. I’m diabetic and cannot walk hard. I have to beg to survive.”
Deeply anguished by the death of her sons, she cannot forget her children’s childhood memories.“Now that I am alone, no one asks about me. My daughter and son-in-law are in an even worse condition. I have no hope for my future; the only hope for me is God,” she remarked.
A civil society institute recently distributed food items in Badakhshan. Sarwar also received some stuff. Syed Rassoul Saadat, head of the Afghanistan National Civil Society Association, said the aid provided by local people included clothes, ghee and food items.
“We visit different areas to choose the neediest people for aid; we also plan to launch an education programme for children begging in streets. We will also provide them food,” he promised.
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