The heart-breaking sighs beyond thundering blasts

SHEBERGHAN (SW) – Beyond the dark thick smokes of bomb blasts and thundering sounds of gun fires in Afghanistan are the heart-breaking sighs of women and children losing their loved ones to evils of the raging war.

One such devastated mother is Bibi Hava residing in the restive northern Jawzjan province. Holding the portrait of her slain son, an Afghan National Army soldier, close to her heart, Hava was sitting idle in a corner of a dark room in her mud house.

“The ongoing war in the country has widowed and orphaned so many more people, and if the war continued it would further the losses of more mothers and children,” said the traumatized mother with pain of suffering evident in her eyes.

Hava said she wanted the warring parties to end the current war and begin a peaceful life in the country.

“How long shall we keep sacrificing our martyrs, our youngsters?” she said. “These young people who are getting killed every day, and these reporters who are being shown on television, these are also our children. All of the countrymen martyred in the war are also my children, we want peace, and we are tired of the war”.

Not far away from Hava’s home reside families of many slain Taliban fighters who have left behind many women and children to mourn for their entire lives.

Upon entering this neighborhood, Salam Watandar correspondent heard the screams of women and children from far away, where a family had recently lost a member in the ranks of the Taliban.

Following the cries of women and children, the reported reached a home where a mother surrounded by a number of children was in tears.

She introduced herself as Hussaina and said that she is tired of the war and bloodshed that keeps taking the lives of youth in the country. She said, young people are getting killed on both sides of the war, both of whom are followers of the same holly book, the same religion and are brothers as Muslims.

This mother too wanted the warring parties in the country to end their war and fulfill their demands through dialogue.

“We want peace, not war,” Hussaina said. “We are always caught between the fighting, there is just war and war everywhere. My brother, my cousin and my brother-in-law all are with the Taliban. My brother and my brother-in-law have been killed. We want peace.”

The religious scholars in the province have long been calling the current war in the country as unfair and illegitimate. They have been urging parties involved to seize the opportunities that have arisen and resolve their demands through dialogue at the negotiating table.

Mawlawi Ahmad Shah, a religious scholar in Sheberghan, said the current war in the country has no religious grounds.

A number of security forces and members of the Taliban, who did not want to be named in the report, also said they were tired of the current war and wanted it to end for good.