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‘No one asked about Afghans killed with Nakamura’

9 Dec 2019 - 21:19
9 Dec 2019 - 21:19

KABUL (Pajhwok): A man whose son was killed along with the Japanese physician and devoted aid worker Dr. Nakamura says Nakamura’s death was horrifying but complained no one shared sympathy with him over his son’s death.

Dr. Nakamura was gunned down with five Afghans in a roadside shooting a few days back in eastern Nangarhar province.

Aimal Mondozai, 36, was among five Afghans killed along with Dr. Nakamura. Mondozai family lives in Pul-i-Charkhi area of Kabul city.

Aimal’s father Gulzaman told Pajhwok Afghan News during in an exclusive interview that his son was the director of the Japanese Peace Medical Service (PMS) for the last five years.

He said his son left behind two sons and three daughters. His eldest son is 14 years old. Gulzaman said, “I was at home when I heard the Japanese NGO came under attack, I tried a lot to call my son but no one answered, then I thought my son had martyred and I told myself what should I tell to the orphans now.’

He said Dr. Nakamura’s death sparked grief among people across the country and aboard but no one shared sympathies with him about his son’s killing.

He said dozens of people were killed on a daily basis and the Afghans’ blood has no value and that was why no one asked about his son’s death.

He said it was encouraging that many people shared their grief and sorrow over Dr. Nakamura’s death but his son and another four Afghans were also killed in the attack, and no one remembered them so far.

Unknown gunmen opened fire at the vehicle of the Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS) chief, who was rushed to a local hospital. The NGO chief came under attack on his way to inspect a project.

Dr. Nakamura did a lot of works for development of agriculture, irrigation, healthcare and education and won people’s hearts. His services to the people earned him the nickname ”Uncle Murad.”

From the past few days, hundreds of social media posts expressed sorrow and outrage over the attack that killed the 73-year-old physician who had been in Afghanistan since 2008.

Dr. Nakamura has recently received the Afghan citizenship from President Ashraf Ghani for his agriculture and rehabilitation works he carried out in Nangarhar province

Gulzaman urged the government to find the killers of Dr. Nakamura and his son and the other four Afghans and handed them over to judicial organs.

Ahmadullah, son of slain Aimal, told Pajhwok,  “I was at mosque and studying when I saw my uncle crying and told me to go home. I told him what’s happened but he did not replay. When I reach home and my mother hugged me and told me my father is martyred.”

Dr. Nakamura was the first man who took a lot of benefits from Kunar’s river and rehabilitated and irrigated some Nangarhar’s deserts.

His body on Monday arrived in his home prefecture of Fukuoka in southwestern Japan accompanied by members of his family.


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