Afghan diaspora feels lonely on Family Day

KABUL (SW) – As the world marked the International Family Day, a number of Afghan citizens abroad say that they are having a difficult time being separated from their families.

Safari, an Afghan citizen who lives in one of the countries of the region, said that he wishes he was with his parents in Afghanistan. He told SalamWatandar, with unhappiness in his voice, that he misses his family even more for spending time outside of working hours in the host country. “There is no one to go out with. It is very difficult. The difficulties and problems of migration, on the one hand; but being away from family, it’s really hard.”

Safari, who wished to be with parents on the Family Day, had to deal with the harsh reality of being far away from the intimate atmosphere that a family gathering provides.

On September 20, 1993, the United Nations named May 15 as the Family Day, and since 1994, it has been celebrated every year around the world.

Simultaneously with this day, Afghan mothers whose children have been migrants for years and wish to have them by their side, expect the living conditions in Afghanistan to change, so that all migrants can return to their homes.

Marzia, a resident of the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, the center of Balkh province, who misses her three sons who migrated after the collapse of the republic, told Salam Watandar that although she wants her sons to return to the country, but the limitations of life in Afghanistan have also worried her about them returning. “I didn’t want my sons to get away from me. My son studied for 16 years. Today, they are servants to other people. I am afraid that one day they will be deported back to Afghanistan that is full of war and chaos.”

After the fall of the republican regime, many families got scattered.

Mahmoud Khorrami, an Afghan refugee in one of the European countries, said that it is difficult for him not to be with his family, and this difficulty becomes even more on special days like Eid.