GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A 60-year-old woman, who looks after her 15 orphaned grandchildren, says: “My three sons were killed in the conflict, now I beg in city but many people refuse to give me charity.”
Durkhani, 60, a resident of Andar district of southern Ghazni province; is currently living in an old house in Ghazni City along with many orphans.
During an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, she said her husband had died and she lost three sons to the conflict.
“My youngest son was killed during a clash between government and Taliban three months back and we have no breadwinner, I have 15 orphaned grandsons and three widows,” she explained.
Durkhani, who wore an old scarf, said: “I beg in the city, but people do not give me charity and I find 40-50-60 afghanis a day which does not meet our needs.”
According to her, one of her sons left behind seven children, another left behind five children and the third survived by three children. She added her oldest grandchild was a 10-year-old girl.
“They are my children I have to feed, everybody knows me in the city because I raise my hand for alms,” she broke into tears.
“My only ambition is see my grandchildren sleep eaten, they often sleep with empty stomach and then I feel unpleasant,” she added.
Durkhani said her grandchildren were many of the time sick because they had no proper cloths to wear.
Samir Ahmad Ahmadi, secretary to the governor, said they were aware of the woman and planned to assist her.