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Samangan women urge govt-Taliban ceasefire

11 Aug 2019 - 09:04
11 Aug 2019 - 09:04

AIBAK (Pajhwok): Women to end the ongoing conflict by agreeing to a lasting peace in the country.

The demand was made ahead Eidul Azha, when the Afghans wear new clothes and exchange Eid greetings after special prayers. They visit friends and families and eat different types of cakes and fruits.

Residents of Samangan, especially women, also celebrate the Eid by making special preparations.

Bibi Hawa, 50, a resident of Asiabad village of Hazrat Sultan district, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “We start preparations for the Eid a month or two months prior to the festival.”

She was in Aibak City, the provincial capital, to buy 21 kilograms of almonds as Eidi for children on the joyous occasion.

She added: “Women in Samangan go somewhere during the first three days of Eid and they stay at homes to receive guests but after the 3rd day of Eid they also visit their relatives and neighbors and celebrate happiness.”

She further said Eid was much more enthusiastic in the past as Afghanistan was a secure and peaceful country, but now they were not relaxed as there were used to be.

She urged the government and Taliban to declare a ceasefire and take measures for lasting peace in the country as the people of Afghanistan were tired of war particularly women.

Meanwhile, Zia Gul Nasri, another woman, said she had special preparations for Eid: “Samanganis besides offering different types of cakes and fruits to guests also cook meat on the occasion.”

She said most of women used to purchase cloths for themselves and for their children and those coming from aboard particularly from India, Pakistan, Turkey and China to celebrate the event with families.

She said families whose sons and daughters were recently engaged were bound to share different types of cakes and fruits and fish with each other.

She added, “I have started cleaning my home 20 days ago. I purchased cloths for family members. Only Eid gives us some happiness, otherwise there is always bloodshed and killings.”

She also called on the government and the Taliban to announce ceasefire to reach a lasting peace.

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