Success Stories

Helping Victims of Suicide Attack

Posted on March 5, 2013 by Natasa Ruka

Mohammad (center) takes delivery of grocery supplies for his shop. When insurgents target US and coalition forces, Afghan civilians nearly always suffer. A Taliban suicide car bomb attack against an armored bus on the outskirts of the capital Kabul killed 13 NATO soldiers and contractors. Five Afghan civilians lost their lives and four were injured.

The USAID-funded Afghan Civilian Assistance Program has helped all of the families of those Afghans who were killed or injured. The program provided them with immediate assistance in the way of basic food and household items plus medical support. Each family later received assistance to set up small businesses which will help them earn a sustainable income. In Afghanistan, when breadwinners die or suffer a severe injury it can spell severe hardship for their large families who are financially dependent on their income.

Father-of-four Mohammad, 45, had been on his way to work at a government department when he was killed in the explosion. The responsibility for caring for his young children and wife fell on the shoulders of his brother Shamsuddin who has five children of his own.

Shamsuddin already ran a small grocery and electronics store, so the Afghan Civilian Assistance Program provided him more grocery supplies for his tailored assistance. The 40-year-old has used the profits to buy more stock and to pay for tuition for his brother’s children.

“I had very little stock in my shop so the goods I received from this program have really helped me build up my business so that I can support my family which now includes my brother’s children,” Shamsuddin said. “The shop is doing very well. It allows me to pay for extra tuition for the children.”

The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program has supported more than 10,000 families since 2007.  More than 6,200 families have received small business support.

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

Filed Under: Civil Society, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan