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Afghanistan’s oldest woman dies

12 Jan 2013 - 15:45
12 Jan 2013 - 15:45

JALALABAD (PAN, passed away yesterday in eastern Nangarhar province, relatives said on Saturday.

Although not recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest living person, Hasano was laid to rest in the Landakhel’s village of Kodagi in Pachir Agam district, said her grandson, Shahidullah Shahid, who works as spokesman for the governor of central Maidan Wardak province.

“She was a person who dedicated most of her life to religious education,” said Shahid, who added Hasano had been able to perform abolition with fresh water five times a day.

A native of Nangarhar’s Surkhrod district, Hasano married Haji Sakhi, a resident of Landakhel area, decades ago. “She was committed to promoting religious education, something that brought her nationwide fame,” Shahid said, claiming once UNESCO gathered information about Hanaso’s life and activities, but nothing happened.

The woman had seven daughters, but no son, according to Shahid. Two of her daughters died during her lifetime.

Her youngest son-in-law and the Durbaba district police chief, Haji Gul Wali, said Hasano left behind 465 family members, including her living daughters and grandchildren. “Her two daughters died at ages 70 and 68 years,” said Wali, whose spouse is 50 years of age.

Pachir Agam district chief, Malak Mohammad Aslam, confirmed Hasano died at 136. According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest person ever documented — France’s Jeanne Calment, who passed away in 1997 — lived for 122 years.


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