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Trying to catch bottles, 3 kids drown in Ghazni River

Trying to catch bottles, 3 kids drown in Ghazni River

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Jan 02, 2019 - 17:21

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Three children of a war-displaced family drowned in the river in southern Ghazni province and died while catching floating bottles, the family said.

The family fled intense and prolonged fights in Andar district and moved to Tawhidabad area of Ghazni City, the provincial capital, last year.

Fazl Mohammad, the family’s head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that his three minor sons lost lives after drowning in water on Tuesday.

“My sons were collecting plastic bottles to sell them and buy food for the family. On Tuesday, I went to an area where the government was distributing aid, unaware my entire worldinfo-icon has drowned,” he said.

He said his children were aged between five to eight years. Mohammad could not speak further as he started crying.

Asadullah, a close relative of Fazl Mohammad said the war displaced family was suffering from serious economic problems and the children of his family collected plastic bottles to sell them and buy some food.

“A few bottles were floating in the Ghazni River, the children tried to catch them, as one of them tried first and entered the water, the water was very cold and it drowned him, the second tried to rescue him but he also drowned and the third brother also jumped into the water to rescue his two brothers,” he said.

Niamatullah, a resident of the area ,said, “People were able to fish out two of the children from waters, but one of them was missing and was found later after police reduced the water in the river.”

Ghazni governor’s spokesman, Mohammad ArifNoori, told Pajhwok that they were aware of the incident.

He said the government would soon provide assistance to the affected family. He said displaced families in Ghazni received more aid this year compared to the past.

Many children from poverty stricken families collect plastic bottles for selling them and earning some money to feed their families.

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