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Balkh disables demand end to on-going conflict

Balkh disables demand end to on-going conflict

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Oct 03, 2019 - 18:26

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): People who lost their body parts to recent clashes in northern Balkh province held a meeting here and demanded an end to the on-going conflict across the country.

They also demanded that peace be given priority than everything else in the existing situation.

Zahra Mohammadi, secretary of the disabled and handicapped people in Mazar-i-Sharif, said the number of disabled people was growing in the country due the continued conflict.

Citing a 2015 a survey, she said seven percent of Afghanistaninfo-icon population was disabled and this number might double after four years.

“With every blast and suicide attack, the number of disabled and handicapped people grow,” she noted.

More work was needed for bringing peace and stability to the country and ending the bloodshed and fighting, stressed Mohammadi.

She said people never trusted the abilities of disabled people and therefore this special segment of the societyinfo-icon lived in difficult situation.

Latifa Talash, a resident of Khulm district, lost her leg and her face partly burnt as a result of the conflict, said her family members now did not pay attention to her disability despite being dependent on them most of the time.

She said her uncles, cousins and other family members mocked her disability and created problems for her.

Latifa said she never surrendered to the difficulties and despite all challenges she started school and now she was in 10th class.

She said besides schooling she had learned how to weave carpet and through this way she arranged money for her expenses.

She asked the Talibaninfo-icon and the Afghan government to stop fighting and resolve the conflict through dialogue.

Another disabled woman Suraya also stressed that peace should be given priority than everything else in the existing situation.

“Peace talks were paused for the sake of elections and avert a crisis. People voted but now it looks a post-election crisis may emerge. Our demand is that peace should be given priority.” She said the conflict only inhaled more and more Afghans every day.

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