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Empathy leading to shared destiny: A Complex Journey

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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
Photo/Husnia/Khaama Press.

Two years ago, Husnia was severely injured while on a mission involving magnetic mines. Before this incident, she dedicated herself to assisting people with disabilities. However, now she finds her fate mirroring theirs, sharing the distressing physical and emotional challenges she faces each day.

Two years ago, on the eve of Ramadan, Husnia was seriously injured by a hidden mine explosion in the public transportation, ‘Bus’. This explosion left lasting scars on her chest, back, and legs, making it difficult for her to breathe easily.

She describes the incident: “It was the night of Eid. My colleague and I were returning from the office, heading home in a car near the Dehburi intersection, when suddenly an explosion occurred, and I was thrown into the air. When I regained consciousness, I saw that my legs were injured, my spine was affected, and my chest was bleeding.”

Husnia had studied psychology, and before getting injured, she worked with a foreign office to assist people with disabilities. She now compares herself to those with disabilities and says she cannot work, facing physical and mental pressures.

She adds that she had plans to continue her education, but with the return of the Taliban and the ban on women’s education and work, she considers her dreams achievable.

Husnia says, “My life in this youth has become like an old person sitting in a corner of the house. I can’t work, have no education, and have no financial independence; my family is also not in a good financial situation.”

She had become a target for mine clearance when there were more explosive attacks in western Kabul, especially targeting city buses. On June 11, 2021, a few days before Husnia’s incident, two other girls named Tayeba and Fatima, who were employees of “Afghan Film,” lost their lives due to an explosion from a mine planted in “Toyota” vehicles in the Barchi area of Kabul.

As usual, ISIS claimed responsibility for these explosions.

While Husnia finds even the most minor everyday tasks challenging, she encourages other girls not to surrender to the challenges and not to submit to the restrictions imposed by the Taliban regime.

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