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‘War took my eyes but I never gave up’: Nangahar blind

‘War took my eyes but I never gave up’: Nangahar blind

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Jul 24, 2019 - 19:41

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Fazal Ghani Bashardost, a 45-year old blind man in eastern Nangarhar province, says he lost his eye-sight 29 years back but never gave up hope and gained his bachelor’s degree and is currently training other blinds.

The resident of Kama district says he trains blind people in cricket, vocational educationinfo-icon and changing text books into Braille system -- the main demand of blind people.

According to Bashardost, he lost his eye vision after an unexploded shell went off during a domestic war in Jalalabad City, the provincial capital, almost 29 years back.

Initially his life was too tough but later he started fighting for his life by acquiring education. Currently he has jobs at three places.

 “After completing a professional high school, I became a driver but later when I lost my eyesight, I then started school from the first class but this time in Braille letters and learnt vocational education and also learnt cricket.”

He said during his education period, he went through a terrible time and even had no bread for eating.

Bashardost completed his higher education in political sciences from the provincial capital private university four years back.

He said, “It was very painful when teachers would ask me to sit exam separately from other students and the same happened with me in university.”

“Another issue was that the chapters given to me in university were not written in Braille letters and he had to give someone 5,000 to 6,000 Pakistani rupees for voice recording of the chapters so I can learn them.”

He said in the past his family and relatives did not behave good with him but when he got the job, all of them improved their relationship with him.

Currently, he has a job with the Swedish Committee in eastern zone of the country, where he changes books into Braille system for blinds.

He is also oversight in charge of the blinds programs in Laghman and Kunar provinces and leading the blinds’ committee in the eastern Zone.

According to him, there were 2,500 blind people, including 120 womeninfo-icon, in their committee and only 1, 300 of them are living in Nangarhar province.

He called on all families to support blind people in their societies as they really deserve to be assisted in all spheres of life.

Pk/ma

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