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Orphanage children dream brighter future

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To go with story 'Afghanistan-unrest-children-orphanage,FOCUS' by Emmanuel PARISSE In this photograph taken on December 17, 2014, Afghan orphans play in a kindergarten classroom at the Halwdin government orphanage in Kabul. International aid was meant to transform Afghanistan's welfare standards, but orphanages in Kabul reveal that the most vulnerable children, many left parentless by war, have seen little benefit from the billions of dollars spent. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar

“War took everything of me. I had no close relatives to take care of me. So, I was taken here,” Abdul Razzaq a teenager at the Tahya-e-Maskan Orphanage of the Kabul city.
The last twenty years of war and violence created a vicious cycle that primarily impacted children in Afghanistan.
Children in war zones and areas of armed conflicts have not lived normal lives, after they saw their homes being demolished and their family members, neighbors and friends getting injured or killed during long protracted armed conflicts.
Even they do not have the words to express what happened to them but sharing their stories of war, violence, bombing and devastation.
“War took my father nine years ago. It destroyed my childhood memories,” said Abdul Razzaq 15 who was just 6 when was taken from northern Badakhshan province to Tahya-e-Maskan Orphanage in Kabul.
Desperately with an ambition of becoming a doctor in the future, Abdul Razzaq who goes by one name hoped an inclusive peace restored in the country.
“War means bloodshed, enmity and discord and losing jobs and depriving of jobs,” he added from inside a dormitory in the orphanage.
Like Abdul Razzaq, children living in the orphanage, represent a tiny fraction of thousands of orphans around the country, and are disparately in need of help.
“No one wants war in his homeland. War should be over. I don’t want others to lose their fathers or any of their family members, like me,” said Sultan Ahmad another 13-year-old teenager from the country’s northern Takhar province, who was playing football with his classmates, at the orphanage playground.
Kabul’s Tahya-e-Maskan Orphanage provides shelter, safety, food and education to 189 children, who are as young as four to as old as eighteen years of age, said Abdul Mubin Attazada head of the orphanage.
At least 60 personnel are engaged in round-the-clock services in the nearly 40-year-old orphanage,” he said.
“We need domestic and foreign support for now, as now the three-time food is being provided by the UNICEF,” said the official.
Saida Ahmadi

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