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Kandahar blind persons say deprived of basic rights

Kandahar blind persons say deprived of basic rights

Feb 04, 2019 - 19:05

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Qari Allah Din, 50, who lost his eyesight in a bomb explosion in southern Kandahar province, is optimistic about future but complains the government does not support blind people.

Din, who lives in the Blinds Township in Kandahar City, teaches the holy Quraninfo-icon to children. He told Pajhwok Afghan News that some years back he fell victim to a blast and lost his vision while serving the country.

He said losing eyesight put him in trouble temporarily and he restarted his life with a new commitment. By teaching students he wants to show the societyinfo-icon that a disabled person can serve people and earn a legitimate alimony for his family.

He, however, complained the government was doing nothing to facilitate disabled people. He said around 600 individuals who lost visions in blasts lived in Kandahar but they were never provided any vocational training program or other facilities.

He said there were many craft works which blind people could perform but the government should facilitate them in doing so.

It is worth mentioning that in other parts of the country special schools for blind persons have been established.

“The government should set up a special school for blind persons in Kandahar, especially library where they could study and get familiar with the new technology,” he said.

Pir Mohammad, another blind person, said they should have equal rights like others and the government and society should pay attention to their rights.

Mohammad lost his vision 20 years ago in an incident, since he has been unable to do something for his family.

He wished to learn a craft skill which could make him self-sufficient economically. Mohammad also demanded creation of jobs for blind people.

Jummah Gul Hemmat, in charge of the blinds affairs section at the Work and Social Affairs department, said around 600 blind persons lived in Kandahar including 80 womeninfo-icon.

Hemmat, who is also blind, said most of these blind persons lost their vision to blasts and a small number were blind by birth.

He acknowledged proper attention was not paid to blind persons to enjoy their rights like normal persons.

Hemmat said he often asked government and international aid giving organizations to provide vocational training and other assistance to blind persons in Kandahar.

He said a small number of blind persons had studied in schools but they were unable to land a job.

Nazar Mohammad Samimi, spokesman for the Educationinfo-icon Department, said special schools for blind persons were not available in Kandahar but they were offered separate classes in schools.

He said separate classes had been created for 130 blind and deaf persons including 40 girls in 13 Kandahar schools.

According to officials statistics 500,000 blind persons live in the country and most of them lost their vision as a result of bomb blasts.


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