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Poverty-stricken people unable to celebrate, enjoy Eid

Poverty-stricken people unable to celebrate, enjoy Eid

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Aug 31, 2017 - 18:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some people spend extravagantly on the eve of Eid to ensure greater celebration of religious festival but needy people who don’t have the strength to make shopping for Eid are deeply concerned about getting food for their children.

Afghans wear new clothes on the occasion of Eid, visit relative homes after their Eid prayer or receive guests at their homes and offer them different kinds of foods, sweets, dry and fresh fruits.

But an old man who lost his family members and live a difficult live along with his old wife said: “Eid was enjoyable when we had land and property; the Soviets came and destroyed everything. Now Eid is meaningless.”

This old man is Abdul Karim and is the worker of Kabul municipality cleanliness department. He is from the Dara-i-Suf district of northern Samangan province and currently lives in Kabul.

Three-day before Eid-ul-Adha, he told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview that he lost his family members during the invasion of Soviet Union back in 1979.

Abdul Karim said: “We are very unlucky family, the Mujahidin killed my two brothers, one brother and my father was killed during Hafizullah Amin government. We had land and properties all grabbed by powerful individuals and we migrated to Pakistaninfo-icon. My daughters also died in the age of 18 and 22 after their marriages.”

The poverty-stricken man said he and his old wife lived in a rental house in Char-Qala area of Wazirabad and worked in the municipality against 7,000 afghanis.

He who had some dry-fruits has his hands said his neighbours and friends may visit his house so we may offer them his on Eid.

But it is not only Abdul Karim, most people in Kabul and other provinces of the country have been hit hard by poverty and they don’t have the capacity to celebrate Eid and purchase necessary items.

Mir Islam, 45, the resident of Musam area in Kabul’s Bibi Mahro locality, is struggling with economic problems.

“Poor can celebrate Eid, the day we have work and our children eat a piece of bread it is Edi for us,” he said.

He says he earns 5,000 afghanis monthly and with this amount it is difficult to accommodate all needs.

Abdul Basit, 40, the resident of Charikarinfo-icon, the capital of Parwan, said he transferred goods in the city and earned 100 to 200 afghanis daily.

He said he purchased nothing for his family members on Eid and this hurt him the most.

Maulviinfo-icon Mohammad Sidique, a religious scholar, said Islam was the religion of brotherhood and cooperation and invite Muslims to help one another.

He said Islam strictly prohibited extravagant expenditures in every part of life and Muslims should void this.

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