GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A family, which lost nine members to the war with Taliban militant, has been in an urgent need of assistance in Ahmadkhel district of southeastern Paktia province.
Women and orphaned children of the family have been currently living in Askari family area of Gardez, the provincial capital.
Gulab, who take cares of the family, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he fed the entire family of women and children with his daily wages.
Gulab recalled he had formed an Afghan Local Police (ALP) force in the Ahmadkhel district and later he lost nine members of his family in conflicts with Taliban militants during the past four years.
He said there were nine widows and dozens of orphaned children in his family and he brought them food through daily labor.
He said, “Each widow has six to seven children and taking care of such big family is difficult and hard.”
He further said so far no government or non-governmental organization had helped them. He accused the labour, social affairs, martyrs and disabled department of withholding two years of salaries of each widow’s husband.
He urged Taliban militants to declare truce for a lasting peace in the country as war only offered deaths.
He called on all the warning parties to meet such children and women and listened to their complaints and cries. “We all know that war is the name of destruction and Taliban should announce peace.”
Khalidah, a widow, told Pajhwok she was suffering from mental issues since losing her husband to the ongoing conflict. She has five children.
She collected empty bottles and plastics and sold them to feed her family. “After my husband was martyred. I developed mental problem and now I am living with Gulab, my husband’s cousin.”
Another widow told Pajhwok that they left their area after Taliban militants started their atrocities and now she was living in Gardez with too many difficulties.
She said, “My husband was the only son of my father-i-law, after his martyrdom, my father-i-law also died. I have no son but seven daughters, my mother-i-law is also disabled and we are living with her husband’s cousin.”
Meanwhile, Abdullah Hassrat, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok they had no information about such family but martyred security forces’ families’ received their privileges timely.
Paktia labour, social affairs, martyrs and disabled department head Ghafor said due to budget shortage a number of martyrs and disables’ families were without assistance.