Shakufa and Marwa in front of their tent in Jalalabad city.
The girls mother Zarmina said: “My name is Zarmina, daughter of Ghulam Sediq. We left Koot district because the situation was bad. There was active conflict going on between the Islamic State of Khorsan (ISK) and the government, and my husband was killed. It was morning and he had gone to the fields and was busy working when a bullet came straight from the air and hit him in the back. I had no one else to lead me and my family there, so after we had spent our savings on his funeral and other expenses, we left on our own.
We came to Jalalabad to escape the conflict in Koot. The Taliban and ISIL would have taken us with them had we stayed there. They slaughtered a lot of people in Koot. We beg on the streets and do other people’s laundry. We make enough to feed ourselves and we are happy to be in a secure area. I’ve already lost my husband, and I don’t want to lose my children too.
We received 30,000 afghanis ($436), a tent and household appliances from an organisation. These helped us a lot and we were able to start a new life.
I was ill. I used to work for people in their kitchens, do their laundry, wash their carpets, and my children collected rotten vegetables that people would otherwise throw away. I am thankful to God, to you guys, and the people and governments that assisted us. My situation is better now. I used part of the money we received to buy medication for myself, part of it to feed my children and part of it to buy household items that we had lost.
Winter is already starting and the floor of the tent is wet. It is not good for me because I have rheumatism and high blood cholesterol. My children are very young too. We don’t have a floor in our home, and as you just saw my children brought rice in plastic bags from a wedding next door. My youngest child collects scrap metal and sells it, which is the only income our family has at the moment. We need food, blankets and cash assistance.
My children never went to school before. I registered one of them at a school in Jalalabad, but other pupils fought with her and took her books and school items. We had no one to stand up for her and look after her while she was at school, so she is not going anymore. All five of my children are out of school.
My son’s name is Khudae Nazar. He is 14, and he lives with us. I feel secure here because the police always patrol the area by the airport, even at night. There is also a police checkpoint at the end of the street.
I am just looking for a piece of land, no matter where it is. I will pitch a tent or make a mud house and live in it, because we don’t have any other shelter. They told us to evict this area because they were going to build something here, but I’ve since heard people saying the plan has been postponed. I hope to God it has, so we can at least spend the winter here."
Photo: Enayatullah Azad/NRC.
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