Afghan women pay a heavy price for addicted family members

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Afghan women pay a heavy price for addicted family members

Among Zardozi’s bravest and strongest clients is 30-years old Sediqa who was born in Panjshir but migrated to Kabul in search of a better life.

Life did not get any better but full of more difficulties for Sediqa. Her three brothers became drug addicts, one of whom died from taking too much opium. Upon his death, his wife married another man and left his children to Sediqa to feed.

After years of trauma and hardships, Sediqa’s second brother too became addicted. This led to the breaking off his engagement and heart attack of his father. The hospital was charging a lot for the heart surgery and by the time Sediqa managed to find a loan, she had already lost her father. Sediqa was paying a heavy price for the malicious evil of drugs that took away her brothers and father.

“Our total income was 200 Afghani per day, but it was not enough for our family. A lot of this money was wasted on my brother’s bad habit. Therefore, I and my sister started weaving bathing accessories and sold them near public bathrooms. We could get a little money to buy food.” “We had completely lost hope and the meaning of happiness,” Sediqa added.

Sediqa says that she was mentally distressed. When she saw that her neighbour women are attending trainings, she asked what are all these women learning and whether she can also attend for distraction of mind.

She attended the first day of the gender training that was provided by Zardozi trainer in Joi Sheer Manbeh. “I liked the training a lot and requested the trainer if I can come more or if the organization can financially support me,” Sediqa said.

Kadars helped her register as a client and soon Sediqa was able to join all the trainings on society, family, women’s rights and advocacy.

“After the death of my father, my family faced so many problems. People knew us by the name of drug addicts’ house, that’s why no one was ready to marry me after finding out about our background. I became depressed and financially under pressure. These trainings were the only thing that opened my eyes and taught me ways to overcome my economic situation. The trainers motivated me to set goals for my life. So I started with tailoring which earned me a moderate amount of money.

“My health improved slowly and people started respecting me for providing good services. I am supporting my younger sister and two nephews to study and continue the education I never had.”

“I hope they will have a bright future and not face the challenges I had to confront,” Sediqa concluded.

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