Helping Families Cope with Tragedy

Beneficiary Abdul (right) in the grocery shop he set up with USAID assistance.
Beneficiary Abdul (right) in the grocery shop he set up with USAID assistance.
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A Taliban attack against international soldiers results in death and injury to innocent civilians
14 FEBRUARY 2012 | URUZGAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Ten children were killed and four injured when a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into an international military convoy in the district of Tirin Kot in Uruzgan Province. One other civilian died.
 
USAID helped all of the families affected by this incident through a project that assists civilians no matter whether international military forces or insurgents targeting international military forces cause the harm.
 
In the attack, Abdul Raziq lost two of his daughters, aged 12 and seven. His teenage son suffered shrapnel wounds to his stomach. USAID helped Abdul set up his own grocery business and provided him with a range of kits, which contained a raft of household goods, tailoring supplies, educational materials, and agricultural implements. The family also received around $1,400 from the Afghan Government.
 
Abdul, who worked as a laborer, said, “The explosion happened right in front of our house. One of my neighbors told me that three of my children had been taken to hospital.” When Adul got to the hospital, the doctors told him that one of his daughters had not survived and that the other one was clinging on. She died a bit later. There can be no worse news for a parent. “The foreign soldiers took my son to their army base and the doctors there saved his life by stitching up his stomach in time. For this, I will be forever grateful,” said Abdul.
 
The grocery shop enabled Abdul to pay for additional medical bills for his son’s treatment and to cover the funeral costs for his daughters. If it had not been for the assistance, he would have been forced to borrow thousands of dollars which he would have struggled to pay back. Abdul said, “The shop came at a very important time because it allowed me to pay for medical treatment for my son and the burial costs for my daughters.” His family makes full use of the hundreds of items in the kits, such as the solar panel, crockery, gas stove, and carpets.
 
Through the assistance project, USAID has helped more than 9,600 families throughout Afghanistan.

Last updated: January 08, 2014

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