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200 families in poverty now without bread to eat

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
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Written By: Moh. Jalil Poya

On the outskirts of Kabul, there’s a simple house tucked away in a narrow alley. It has weathered walls and a worn-out look, and one of its two rooms provides shelter for a woman and her five children.

The woman, who acts as the head of this relatively large family, is without employment or a source of income. The family’s only income comes from her 12-year-old son, who brings home meagre earnings by selling matches.

She reminisces about the days when life was relatively calm and content alongside her husband. However, tragedy struck three years ago when she received the news of her husband’s death. Since that day, peace and comfort have become a distant memory for her, confined to the past.

She pays a rent of 1,000 Afghanis for her house, but for the past five months, she has been unable to afford both the rent and basic utilities like water and electricity. She can hardly recall the last time they had a proper meal, as the only accessible food for her and her children is bread.

Their small dwelling receives sunlight only during the early hours of the day due to the high walls of the neighbouring house, making it cold and dark for the rest of the day. To combat the cold, she uses almond shells as fuel and old pieces of cloth as makeshift fire starters for her heater.

Among other challenges, her youngest son suffers from a painful skin condition that relentlessly afflicts him. The skin ailment covers the right side of his face, from forehead to ear and left eye, continually scratching the surface and penetrating deeper layers. The disease has only seen temporary relief with treatment, and with delayed care, it is steadily spreading.

Her eldest daughter possesses skills in weaving, embroidery, and beadwork, but they lack the means to find work and generate income from these talents.

The life of this woman, named Habiba, and her family is emblematic of the struggle faced by 200 impoverished families, all headed by women. These families have lost their fathers and husbands to war, disability, or addiction. For years, they received support from a personal charitable foundation led by a kind-hearted man who quietly provided for them without any fanfare.

Haji Khadem Rahimian, the man who had been the benevolent guardian of these families for years, is now struggling due to Afghanistan’s economic crisis and can no longer support them. He receives hundreds of calls from destitute families every day, warning that their children will perish from hunger if they don’t receive assistance.

According to the officials of this charitable organization, these families are on their list of recipients, and their assistance has been discontinued.

Habiba reveals that apart from financial aid from this charitable organization, she has not received help from any other institution or organization. Once, when she visited the local representative’s office to obtain a card for the World Food Program, she was asked for 500 Afghanis as a bribe.

Habiba and these 200 families without breadwinners now hope for a miracle, a miracle that can be an act of generosity and compassion from any other citizen and save these hungry stomachs from starvation and these suffering bodies from the cold’s grip.

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