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Eid brings us no joys, say poverty-stricken Bamyanis

Eid brings us no joys, say poverty-stricken Bamyanis

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Jun 15, 2018 - 13:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of residents of central Bamyan province say Eid brings them no joys because they live in abject poverty in a country where dozens of innocent people are killed on a daily basis.

Muslims celebrate Eidul Fitr each year to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadaninfo-icon on the Islamic calendarinfo-icon.

The people of Afghanistaninfo-icon after offering Eidul Fitr prayers visit relatives and friends and exchange gifts. However, traditions vary.

The people of Bamyan say a majority of the province population lives under the extreme poverty line and their economic situation is worsening with each passing day.

Barat, a resident, said Eid was joyful festival for Muslims but the conflict in Afghanistan had taken away this joy.

“There is war every day. On this day many families are mourning the death of their beloved ones who were killed during Ramadan. This bloodshed has turned Eid joys into grief.”

Fahima, 12, who is from a poverty-stricken family, said: “We know people celebrate Eid with joys but for us it makes no difference.”

Nearly 300 families live as displaced persons and in caves in Bamyan province. These families are struggling with finding two time meals for themselves and could not afford buying new clothes for their children on Eid.

Mohammad Ali, whose seven-member family lives in a cave, said they expected aid on Eid from people, but the number of destitute individuals had increased and aid did not reach them.

He said families who lived in their areas could not buy dresses or sweets for being poor.

Bamyan information and culture acting director Ahmad Hussain Ahmad said unfortunately 50 percent of the Bamyan population lived under the poverty line.

He urged well off people to support poor families especially on the occasion of Eid. In Bamyan, people visit relatives and friends and graves of martyrs on the day one of Eid and go on recreation on the second and third day, according to Ahmad.

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