A child fell into an abandoned borewell in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, triggering a frantic rescue mission, said local Taliban officials.

According to local Taliban officials, a girl child fell into a well in Shani Jami village of Nad Ali district on Wednesday morning, September 21.

The child, according to the Taliban officials, is still alive, and efforts are being undertaken to rescue her from the well.

Earlier this week, a young child died after falling down a well in the southern Afghan province of Helmand’s Kajaki district that was 50 meters deep.

The Taliban Ministry of Defense said that a rescue team from the ministry was dispatched to Helmand via helicopter to save Abdul Ali after he fell into a well in the province.

In the southern provinces of Afghanistan, there have been multiple incidents of children falling down wells; 12 children have reportedly died in Helmand province alone during the past six months.

In the Afghan provinces of Kandahar, Zabul, and others, there have been instances of people falling down wells, with children making up the majority of the victims.

Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Taliban’s acting interior minister, earlier instructed governors and district governors to find open wells and take the required safety precautions in light of the devastating drought that has affected Afghanistan and the tragic cases of people falling.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).