- "He came from school asked me, "mother what
can I eat, I am hungry". I had nothing for him. I told him "son
I have no food for you. I can only boil some grass for you to eat."
My son shook his head and said "I am no longer hungry." He went
to his room. Some minutes passed he didn't come out. I went to the room
to see what he was doing. I will never forget what I saw. I saw my sweet
little boy hanged himself from the sealing. He hanged himself because he
could no longer remain hungry." (A Mother from Faryab province, 2008)
- This mother is one of many enjoying the fruits of "democracy"
in Afghanistan. There are thousands starving of hunger while others commit
suicide. The people that commit suicide fall in two categories. The first
category includes parents that commit suicide not to see the death of their
own children, while the second category includes children who could not
endure hunger and commit suicide.
- Another example of this type of a tragedy:
- "We (the children) didn't eat for a number of days.
Our parents tried to get us whatever they could find but all of their efforts
did not produce enough for us to eat. In the morning, when we woke up very
hungry, we looked for our parents. We called their names but they did not
respond. We walked to the kitchen where both of our parents had taken poison
and committed suicide. They committed suicide because they didn't want
to see us starve to death." (Children in Badakhshan, 2008)
- Afghanistan has become a disaster beyond imagination.
The invasion by the US has not only condemned the population to daily death
and destruction, but it has created conditions that perpetuated death and
misery on daily basis. The US-NATO bombing in the south, southwestern,
and eastern Afghanistan murder civilians in villages and towns while those
that remain alive are forced to abandon their villages due to fear of death
and loss of dignity. The internally displaced come to large cities with
the hope to find something to eat. However, they come to large cities only
to be homeless and face starvation.
- To fully understand the magnitude of this disaster, it
is instructive to compare salary of a government employee to the price
of flour in cities. A government employee in Afghanistan earns about $60
a month while a sack of flour supporting a family of five costs $70; hence,
a government employee can not even afford dry bread. Now, a family of five
that has no earning could not possibly afford basic sustenance instead
face starvation. Consequently, families that have no earning have to starve
to death or sell their children in order for the remaining of their children
to survive. Especially, widows of those families that are displaced internally
due to the US-NATO bombing campaigns sit near major streets begging to
raise some money for bread but only to return empty handed to their hungry
children in makeshift tents littered major cities all over Afghanistan.
For example, I came across an older lady sitting by the side of the road
in Kabul in May 2008 and I asked her what she was doing by the side of
the road and whether she had any male member of the family to earn her
living, she replied:
- "My husband and son were killed by the American
bombs in Helmand province and I brought my daughter in law and grandchildren
to Kabul since radio programs were talking about humanitarian programs
but we found none and are stranded begging to survive. My granddaughter
age 7 starved to death last week. I hate these people."
- I am going to Afghanistan in two weeks hoping to help
few of these poor souls. I am attempting to raise funds for flour, tents
and blankets in order to help a few of these victims. The government of
the US has brought disaster, pain and death to them under the guise of
- If any of you good people wish to help these poor souls,
please donate at the following website: www.afghanistanafterdemocracy.com
or you may send it to the following address:
- Dr Miraki
- 5347 North Ravenswood Avenue
- Chicago, IL 60640 USA
- Some of you have helped in the past and I thank you for
that, however, the needs of the people of Afghanistan are much more acute
and we need substantial funds to purchase flour, tents and blankets. I
thank you in advance on behalf of the many victims in Afghanistan.
- Mohammed Daud Miraki, MA, MA, PhD