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‘Zazi Maidan loses 2,000 youths in security forces ranks’

‘Zazi Maidan loses 2,000 youths in security forces ranks’

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Jun 25, 2019 - 18:15

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Local residents say more than 2,000 youths from Zazai Maidan district of southeastern Khost province have so far paid the supreme sacrifice while fighting in Afghan security forces ranks during the past 18 years.

They say the martyred youths served in different positions and their wives and mothers have no caretaker and are obligated to survive on begging.

The youths sacrificed their lives for the defense of the country and the government did nothing to support their families who are now suffering from various problems, the people say.

Bas Bibi, (not a real name) 50, whose young son was killed while fighting alongside Afghan forces, told Pajhwok Afghan News that her second son was only seven years old and she was currently the only caretaker of the family.

“This is our country and we would give sacrifices in fighting against enemy, but I have been left with little children and the government should help me for their proper care,” she said.

Guldara (not a real name) is 63 years old woman from Zazi Maidan district who also lost his only young son while fighting in Afghan forces ranks. She is left with a widowed daughter-in-law and three little grandchildren.

She told Pajhwok Afghan News that she would have sent more sons to fight alongside Afghan forces if she had more.

However, she complained the government did nothing to support them. “If I had more sons I would have sent them too to defend the country, because we do not leave our country to our enemies, I am also ready to send my husband to war. We are now suffering from bad economic situation and we have nothing in home, we ask the government to help us.”

There are hundreds of mothers who lost their sons in the war in the remote district of Zazi Maidan and each of them have different stories to tell.

Tribal elders of the district also complain about the situation and say the womeninfo-icon who lost their beloved ones are living with an unknown fate.

They say there are more youths of Zazi Maidan district fighting in Afghan forces ranks compared to any other area of Khost and that is the reason they give more sacrifices.

According to some statistics, around 5,000 youths from Zazi Maidan district are currently filling Afghan forces ranks in different parts of the country.

Hazrat Khan, a local resident of Zazi Maidan, said, “The families, widows and children of the martyrs are suffering from huge problems, some widows were even sold and their children left without a caretaker, the government should see their situation from close.”

Gul Jan, a tribal elder from the district, said the government did not help the people who offered their beloved ones to the war.

“This district has given around 2,500 martyrs, some of them left their families without a caretaker, they left their widows and orphans with an unknown fate, but we ask the government to assist these widows and orphans,” he said.

Agha Jan Tokali, Zazi Maidan district administrative head, also said the government did not provide services in the district the way it should have provided over the last 18 years.

But he hoped progress would be gradually made in this regard. “Zazi Maidan people give sacrifices, they say they should have been provided enough services in return for such huge sacrifices, but unfortunately they did get what they deserve,” he said.

On the other hand, Khost governor’s spokesman, Talibinfo-icon Mangal, said that Zazi Maidan district was the first receiving development projects between 2016 and 2018.

He said the governor’s house had assessed all problems of Zazi Maidan district and work was underway on a plan to find solutions to them.

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