FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Ayesha, who lost her two sons to the war, says the Afghans should seize the peace opportunity now so that mothers do not mourn the death of their sons and women no longer become widows and children fatherless.
The war in Afghanistan that lasted four decades claimed the lives of millions of people, displaced millions, maimed many and destroyed the economic foundations of the country.
But the fighting has stopped since the fall of the previous government in August this year, with the withdrawal of US and other foreign troops from Afghanistan and the formation of a new caretaker government.
Ayesha, a 45-year-old resident of Raj village, west of Farah city, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the fighting had given her so much pain that she would bear her entire life.
She said the war took away her two sons and she feared that her third son (Muhammad) would be killed as well.
Raj was the front line of the war two years ago and changed hands between the warring sides during the war.
Ayesha said her two sons were soldiers and they lived in the village but they migrated to the provincial capital after the fighting intensified.
“But it was Allah’s decision that the war took the lives of my sons there,” she said. The mother-in-law says that when the fighting stopped, she still had a fear of war in her heart.
She happily said that she later found out that the other civil wars had stopped, so she moved with her son to her native village (Raj) and Mohammad’s son set up a small grocery store.
“Now you can breathe a sigh of relief,” she says. “Because there is peace, there is no war and there is no fear that there will be attacks or explosions”.
She repeatedly mentioned her two sons who were killed in the fighting. “My son Muhammad, who survived the war, is everything to me. I am glad there are no more explosions and clashes.”
“Afghans must seize this opportunity now,” says Ayesha. Mothers, widows and children will never be fatherless again.