On the Ground in Afghanistan: The Current Situation of Nangarhar Residents

 “We are humans like other people of the world.  We also want to live free like others. We also want our children to go to schools and universities and get an education, but still we are not allowed to live like that.”

By Khamosh in Afghanistan

Nangarhar is one of the provinces of Afghanistan that is located in the Eastern part of the country. This province has 22 districts and administratively it is divided into 23 parts. All the districts’ administration and sub-governors are controlled by the governor of the province. The province shares a border with Laghman, Khost and Konar provinces of Afghanistan. The province also shares an international border with Pakistan.

Kabul nangarhar high way

Kabul to Nanganhar Highway

“This has become our lives. We keep trying to live like normal people, but the violence is driving us all mad.” 

Nanganhar has an estimated population of 3 million people. Most of these people live in rural areas and only a small portion of these people live in Jalalabad, the capital of the province. The people living in this province belong to Pashtoon, Pashai, Arab, Tajik and other small groups. Although a lot of people speak the Pashtoon language as their mother tongue, most of the people living in this province and particularly in Jalalabad city speak Dari.

bah photo 3Most are busy in farming, animal husbandry, chicken farming and fish farms. But the current situation is worse for the residents of Nangarhar because no one is secure here, even farmers and laborers. Many armed groups are active here and they are killing people using subterfuge. Our people do not like this situation, but we can’t release ourselves from these things because the armed groups are so strong and they are supported by foreign countries.

In April of 2017, the then newly elected US President, Donald Trump, dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever made, known as the MOAB or “Mother of All Bombs”, on Achin district, angering Afghans across the globe and decimating portions of a small village in the Asad Khel area.

 This has meant residents of Nangarhar province, including the capital of Jalalabad, experience constant violence and attacks from all sides. 

“This has become our lives. We keep trying to live like normal people, but the violence is driving us all mad.” 

The other big problem is the corruption in many government and non-government organizations. Educated people can’t find jobs. They are getting hopeless because of their life and, after some time, some are joining the armed groups and making problems for  other people .

We are humans like other people of the world. We also want to live free like others. We also want our children to go to schools and universities and get an education — but still we are not allowed to live like that.

I hope that one day everything change will change in our area and we will live free and we will  be able to access  basic human rights like other people of the world.

 See also: https://journeymagazineptbo.com/2018/05/21/on-the-ground-in-afghanistan-the-children-of-nangarhar/

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