Success Stories

Helping Families Recover from Airport Suicide Attack

Posted on March 4, 2013 by Natasa Ruka

Representatives of affected civilian families collect immediate assistance Shortly after dawn, a Taliban suicide bomber drove up to the airport gates. Moments later a huge blast claimed the lives of six civilians and injured five more. The bomber’s vehicle was packed with so much explosive that four nearby cars were de-stroyed completely.

Jalalabad Airport, in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, serves both civilian and international military aircraft. The bomber struck without regard to civilian casualties.

the Afghan Civilian Assistance Program helped all of the families affected by the attack. The project is the only one of its kind to assist Afghan civilians.

Nine families received staple food items, and many of them will also receive follow-on assistance tailored to their needs. Tailored assistance can include help to set up a small business, vocational training, or educational classes.

Taxi driver Faridullah had been on his way into the airport to wait for passengers. The 28-year-old father of two was killed in the attack. His family not only had to cope with the emotional loss of his death, but they also lost the main breadwinner for the family and their taxi, one of their most valuable assets. Faridullah’s family received immediate assistance and will be eligible to receive additional assistance to help them earn an income.

Faridullah’s brother Aref, 45, told how he appreciated the help and support that the program provided. “Within two days of the incident, staff members attended the mourning ceremony with me. They shared my sorrows. This meant a lot to me. I received some food supplies, which will help me feed my brother’s two sons who were orphaned by the explosion. I pray for the success of this project.”

The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program, has helped 10,000 civilian families since 2007.

The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program is funded by USAID Afghanistan and implemented by IRD.

Filed Under: Civil Society, Education, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan