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Article

Eid brings no joy to many families

The report published in Daily Dawn Metropoliton section:
by By S. Raza Hassan
14 November 2004, Sunday 01 Shawwal 1425

http://www.dawn.com/2004/11/14/local3.htm

KARACHI, Nov 13: Children enjoy the festival of Eid the most, but for eight-year-old Farhan and his younger sister Zehra, Eid offers little joy this year.

"My mother tells me that unlike previous years, this time my chachu will take me along for the Eid prayers," says Farhan, somewhat confused about why this should happen. His mother has been telling him that his father has "gone to Allah Mian", the young child is yet to understand meaning of this reference to the term 'death'.

Both the siblings had lost their father, along with many other people, in the suicide bombing at the Hyderi mosque in May this year.

At least 85 children were orphaned in just two such suicide bombings in the same month in which a total of 44 people had lost their lives. The other incident had taken place at the imambargah Ali Raza, according to the Khoja Pirhai Asna-i-Ashri Jamaat. Twenty-eight women were widowed.

But Farhan and Zehra are not the only children who will intensely feel the absence of their fathers, brothers and grand-fathers this Eid. A large number of children struck by this tragedy will not celebrate Eid. They will simply offer the Eid prayers.

"My mother has not made new clothes and bought no bangles for me this Eid. She tells us that we will not celebrate Eid because Allah Mian has taken back our Papa," says four-year-old Zehra. The innocent girl is also concerned over being deprived of hina as her other friends have already made such plans for chand raat.

"Following the bombing at Hydri Mosque and the subsequent attack on the Imambargah Ali Raza, it has become a tricky decision for me to send Farhan to a mosque for prayers," says 35-year-old mother of the two children.

The mother, who wished not to be named but agreed to be referred as Mrs Naqvi, is among the few who has turned down the government's compensation offer.

"A paltry sum of Rs200,000 cannot make good our loss. The amount cannot bring back the father of my two children. Moreover, the government should accept responsibility for its failure in protecting the lives of the so many innocent citizens. It is we, the salaried class, who pay the taxes and still remain insecure," said a dejected Mrs Naqvi.

Criticizing the inordinate delay in releasing the compensation amount, she said if the government was really serious, it should have delivered it at the doorsteps of the bereaved families, rather than calling us to the Governor's House and handing out cheques, Mrs Naqvi said.

Instead, the government should have provided jobs, especially to the women and children who have reached the age of being employed. Justifying her demand, she said that these women and children had turned widows and orphans because of the government's failure in preventing such tragedies from happening.

Mrs Naqvi has resumed her teaching job which she had abandoned following her marriage some 10 years back.

Mrs Naqvi is concerned over the future of her children in a society where fanatics are bent upon blowing themselves up with the conviction that eliminating Shias would open the doors of heaven for them.

"That their father embraced martyrdom is what I am supposed to tell my children while raising them," she said, adding that at this tender age, both the children, especially Farhan, asked too many questions which at times she failed to answer.

There are many women in the bereaved families who don't have enough education or skills to get a job and meet the day to day requirement of their children, brothers, sisters and other family members. Their number may be not so big, still the number of the people in trouble due to the non-availability of livelihood is considerably high. In fact, they have become dependent on others - relatives, community, or some other well-wishers - for their survival.

There are a few widows who have to raise their toddlers. They have taken up stitching work for some garment outlets.

Some relief organizations are helping out such families to rehabilitate themselves in society, said another widow seeking anonymity.

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