NEILI (Pajhwok): Tayyiba is the only one in her family who can see and the rest of her family members, including husband and four children, are blind and currently the family is suffering from economic problems.
The family lives in central Daikundi province. Tayyiba, 37, originally from Sanga village of Miramor district of Daikundi, married her blind cousin and then her four children were born blind.
According to her, they migrated to Neili two years ago after they sold their small piece of land in the Miramor district due to financial hardships.
The woman said they used to receive aid from donor organizations, but now these aids had been reduced and they were suffering from economic hardships.
She said: “I have five blind family members; I ask the government and charitable institutions to help us.”
The family currently lives in a rented house. She said her neighbors were unable to help them due to poverty and drought and on the other hand, the aid of charitable organizations had also decreased.
She said: “Seeing my family members suffer because of blindness, I also feel depressed. When I see the children and husband of other women who are healthy, I become sad”
She said two of her sons aged 17 and 15 years old and her two daughters were visually impaired.
On the other hand, husband of the woman, Nasser, who is blind and called himself the main cause of his children’s blindness.
He added doctors advised him several times to refrain from having children, but he did not follow their advice and it led to a tragedy.
Nasser said: “My wife is the only one who is our caretaker and she also has back problems and cannot do hard work. My wife has to stay at home to take care of us.”
Aminullah Obaid, the governor of Daikundi, said last winter he visited this family and promised them to provide a piece of land in the refugee town in addition to cash aid.
According to Obaid, the family receives cash aid from the provincial office every month.