A great number of Afghan troops living in cave in Bamyan

  • Date of Publication : 28/07/2016 at 10:47 GMT
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Bamyan

A great number of the National Police Officers, due to poverty and destitution, along with their families, live in caves in Bamyan.

Around the sculptures of the Buddha, in the heart of the caves, painful narratives underlie-wounds that even with the modernization of life in these caves have still remained in memories.

In one of the caves, Khadija, 54-year-old woman, along with her soldier husband and three daughters and a son lives.

It has been more than a decade since the family had lived in the cave- spending the days with no water and electricity and nights sleeping with reptiles and rodents.

Khadija says there is a shortage of everything and the cave is our residential place.

Halima, 55 years old, whose husband has been martyred, is also living along with her family in a cave.

Halima says her husband was killed under the Taliban regime, “The Taliban had called on residents in Bamyan to leave their houses. I was in another area then. when I returned I saw crowds of people gathered in front of our house and I was told my husband has been shot in the head by Taliban”, Halima added.

The National Police Officers are paid a wage of 8000 Afs in Bamyan- the amount which is not enough to rent a suitable house.

The Ministry of Interior says, based on a program, the towns are scheduled to be made for the police, which the towns would be restricted for a limited number of officers.

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