KABUL (Pajhwok): “Either Kingdom or Coffin” were the last words 22 years old Ahmad uttered to his mother before he left Afghanistan to illegally migrate to Australia. But he was not lucky enough, as he died when his boat sank in the sea in 2009.
Ahmad, along with four other Afghans, lost his life on May 28, 2009 while travelling by a wooden boat to Australia. Their boat sank near the Sumatra Island in Indonesia. Seventeen other Afghans in the boat have still been missing.
It has been five years that Ahmad left his mother Gul Bakht. But the story of losing him is as fresh in her memory as if it has happened yesterday. “After his graduation for one complete year Ahmad tried to find job.
“Tired as he was, my son argued with me to ask his father to send him to Australia,” says Gul Bakht lovingly touching buttons of her son’s shirt that she has kept since his death.
As I visited Gul Bakht she was showing a picture of Ahmad’s college days and pointed to him in the group. In this picture he looks a young man with determination and ambitions. He was a graduate of educational studies who searched for a job for a year before being selected in the Ministry of Counter-Neurotics.
His brother Ali Reza alleged that despite clearing the tests and interview the job was given to some other person who had reference of the minister. “Frustrated with rampant corruption and disappointment about his future, he left the country,” says his brother who has just joined this ministry to make his brother’s dream of working here come true.