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Wednesday February 13, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The sun had already set behind the towering blast walls of the Kabul compound when a small Mazda truck pulled up at the razor wire-topped gate.
Down the street, 25-year-old Tooryalai walked briskly in the chilly January evening on his way to the naan shop in the neighborhood of Qabil Bai, where he would buy a pile of piping hot flatbread to take home to his family after selling vegetables all day from a cart in the neighborhood. Tooryalai liked to talk with his friends after work, but he always made sure he was home by dark.
His family didn’t live inside Green Village, a secure compound on the outskirts of the Afghan capital inhabited by foreigners and international organizations. Like the other day laborers and farmers who tilled fields in the nearby foothills, Tooryalai’s family lived in one of the mostly single-story adobe homes that wrapped around the concrete T walls of the compound’s perimeter.
Ajabi Gul’s house was typical in the neighborhood. A neighbor of Tooryalai, he was settling down by the window of his two-room home after a day of working on one of the farms nearby with a kettle of hot tea and his nine-year-old niece Alia on his lap.
It was a typical evening as the family gathered around their gas heater that doubled as their stove for dinner at the end of a short winter’s working day, a scene being repeated in districts across Kabul. What happened next was all too typical for the Afghan capital.
Packed inside the Mazda pickup truck were enough explosives to be heard across Kabul when they detonated.
Seventeen years after the United States invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban government, ordinary Afghans continue to die at an alarming rate. According to local news outlet Pajhwok, nearly 1,000 Afghans died violently in January. Shocking though the statistics are, what they obscure are the individual tales of tragedy and heartache attached to every one of those deaths.
The blast at the compound blew out windows across the neighborhood. Nearly 100 metres from the explosion, Tooryalai was knocked unconscious. Three friends walking alongside him were killed instantly.
Ajabi Gul’s tea kettle was blown from the windowsill onto Alia, the scalding tea burning her from her shoulders to her knees.
The January 14 blast was the first major security incident to hit Kabul in 2019. It would be followed in succession by a series of smaller separate attacks around the country. Amid a backdrop of ongoing peace negotiations, a resurgent Taliban has continued to attack government institutions, security installations and areas where foreigners are known to congregate. Civilians often bear the brunt.
In the frantic moments after the blast, as the dust settled and first responders rushed to the scene, Tooryalai’s family dialed his phone but could not reach him. The naan shop where Tooryalai bought bread was heavily damaged, the windows blown out and the façade buckled. Tooryalai was nowhere to be found.
It wasn’t until hours later that his family found him swaddled in bandages, and in critical condition at the nearby hospital where he had been rushed after locals pulled him unconscious among the wreckage of the bread shop.
In the children’s ward of a hospital nearby, Alia was receiving treatment for her burns.
After some hours, Tooryalai regained consciousness. Speaking through an oxygen mask in the intensive care ward, he whispered: “I am getting better.”
He died a few days later, lifting the death toll from the attack to 10 killed. The blast wounded 113 more people.
His death was not the first time the war has visited the family. Tooryalai’s brother Baryalai once lost fingers and toes in a mine explosion. Another uncle died in another explosion five years ago in Kabul. In the wrong place at the wrong time, is how the family explains these incidents.
“Each explosion damages us, our houses are damaged from the blast, one day we will be under this house,” Baryalai said, while pointing out cracks in the foundation of his home.
The family, says Tooryalai’s uncle Noorallen, is dying for peace. “If there is real peace we will be happy,” he added. “If the Taliban are Afghan they are our brothers.”
Alia was discharged from the hospital a week later.
Her seven siblings are asked to leave the room in her home when her bandages are changed. Her mother, Rabia, does not want to frighten them. It’s the same room where Alia was wounded by the explosion.
Her father, Alla Gul, has not worked in weeks. He’s borrowed money to care for her and buy medicine. Some of the other farmers have donated money but most cannot afford to help.
The nurses in the ward taught Rabia how to change the dressings and clean her wounds. The process is painful. The bandages stick to her skin and must be pulled off slowly. Alia’s mother and grandmother try to soothe her during the process as she screams, kicks and thrashes. “No! Oh God,” she wails.
In the weeks following the explosion the shops that were destroyed had been repaired. There was still evidence of the explosion all around Qabil Bai. Shards of glass on the ground, cracked façades and a handful of people walking around with bandages on their arms and legs.
In Alia’s home, the window that shattered has been replaced by a plastic sheet, as the family cannot afford to buy a new pane.

Social Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:43:42 +0000
Displaced Families Receive Foodstuffs and Health Packages Displaced Families Receive Foodstuffs and Health Packages

Sunday February 10, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs and health packages have been distributed to 1000 displaced families in northern Jawzjan province yesterday.
Sayed Faizullah Sadat director of counter-disaster office in Jawzjan told BNA correspondent, the families have been displaced due to insecurity from Faryab province and insecure districts of Jawzjan.
The foodstuffs and health packages have been provided by TECCA office located in Balkh province, Sadat added.
Some of the families asked from government to ensure security situation in their areas.

Social Sun, 10 Feb 2019 05:20:52 +0000
Potable Water Provides for 1764 Families Potable Water Provides for 1764 Families

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Digging work of 50 potable water wells completed and put into exploitation in Farah province yesterday.
According to public relation department of rural rehabilitation and development ministry to BNA, the digging of the wells have been completed by citizenship covenant program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry in center and districts of Farah province.
With completing work of the wells, 1764 families have been benefited from potable water.
T. Yarzada

Social Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:21:34 +0000
Water Storage Built, Drinking Water Provide to 200 Families Water Storage Built, Drinking Water Provide to 200 Families

Tuesday February 5, 2019

MAIMANA CITY (BNA) With a sum of over 1.7 million Afghani, the construction work of water storage have been completed in northern Faryab province.
According to public information of national citizen covenant program, ministry of rural rehabilitation and development to BNA, the water storage has been constructed by national citizen covenant program in Garziwan district of the province.
By implementing of the project, the problems of 200 families have been solved regarding drinking water shortage in the mentioned area.

Social Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:18:06 +0000
Traffic Accident Took The Lives of Seven Members of a Family Traffic Accident Took The Lives of Seven Members of a Family

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Maimana (BNA) Seven members of a family lost their lives in a traffic accident in Faryab province yesterday.
Police chief of Faryab security command told BNA, Hayatullah official of Farayab Bereshna Company with his family was moving from Mazar-e-Sharif city toward Maimana, their vehicle smash a truck in Chechkhi region, Sheberghan of Mazar-e-Sharif, in which he with his family members lost their lives.
T. Yarzada

Social Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:36:53 +0000
Protection Wall Constructed in Balkh Protection Wall Constructed in Balkh

Tuesday February 5, 2019

Kabul (BNA) With a cost of 850,000 Afghani the construction work of a protection wall has been completed in Balkh province the other day.
According to public information of national citizen covenant program, ministry of rural rehabilitation and development to BNA, the protection wall has been built to protect residential houses and agricultural lands in Teli village, Khulam district of the province.
National citizen covenant program has been constructed the protection wall.

Social Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:25:12 +0000
Drinking Water Provided for Hundreds of Families Drinking Water Provided for Hundreds of Families

Monday, February 4, 2019

Ghor (BNA) Three irrigational network were put into exploitation in Ghor province yesterday.
Mohammad Yaqoob Raheq Marine head of Ghor province told BNA correspondent, the network have been built by the World Bank assistance in Ferozkho district of Ghor and villages of Sang Qeshqh , Shineh , Doulena district.
He added, with construction of the networks, the potable water of hundreds of families have been provided.
T. Yarzada

Social Mon, 04 Feb 2019 12:21:13 +0000
Welfare Projects Put into Exploitation in Samangan Welfare Projects Put into Exploitation in Samangan

Monday, February 04, 2019

Aibak (BNA) Eleven Civic Program welfare projects were put into exploitation in Samangan province.
According to BNA local correspondent, the projects included, construction of agricultural water canal and 707 meters of protection wall have been constructed with budget of rural rehabilitation and development ministry in Khoram Sarbagh district at the cost of 30 million Afghani.
According to the source, approximately 2800 families were benefited from facilities of the projects.
A number of residents in the mentioned district expressed their pleasure in cultivating of their water canals.
T. Yarzada

Social Mon, 04 Feb 2019 06:05:23 +0000
Thousands of IDPs, Repatriates’ Receive Winter Assistances’-receive-winter-assistances.html’-receive-winter-assistances.html Thousands of IDPs, Repatriates’ Receive Winter Assistances

Monday, February 04, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The Displaced and Repatriates Executive Committee held session during which serious attention has been paid on distribution of assistances to Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and repatriates’ families and to prevent misuse of aids to them, BNA reported.  According to UNHCR, 62,700 families have so far received winter assistance.  The assistance were made by UNHCR, DRC, IMC, MORR, AHF, IOM and CARE.
The ministry of refugees and repatriates reported that winter assistances have been considered to 83,000 families, but the number has increased to 96,449 and currently, 33,000 families are in dire need of urgent assistances.  The Ministry stressed that 2,800 acres of lands in Herat and 650 acres of lands have been considered to establish a temporary camp in Herat and Badghis provinces.
The minister of finance presented fund draft for security forces martyrs’ families and IDPs which was approved by the meeting.  At the end, the meeting stressed on coordination among the international and domestic organizations and instruction was given so they prudently distribute the assistance.

Social Mon, 04 Feb 2019 06:04:32 +0000
Road Accident Took the Lives of 6 People, Injured 8 Road Accident Took the Lives of 6 People, Injured 8

Monday February 4, 2019

NEELI CITY (BNA) At least 6 people have lost their lives and 8 others were wounded due to traffic accident in Daikundi province the other day.
Sakina Ihsani spokesman of Daikundi governor told BNA reporter, the incident took place when a vehicle type of Falankoch deviated from road and overturned in relevant areas of Khadir district of the province.
High speed and carelessness of the driver is the main reason behind the deadly incident, Ihsani added.
The injured of the incident timely have been shifted to provincial hospital of Daikundi province, Ihsani concluded.

Social Mon, 04 Feb 2019 05:58:26 +0000