Success Stories

Women Rebuild Their Lives After IED

Posted on March 5, 2013 by Natasa Ruka

The three wives receive immediate food assistance Brothers Azim and Alam had been driving to the bazaar with their father when their car was struck by a roadside bomb. All three died, leaving their wives and children destitute. Insurgents had placed the bomb, also known as an improvised explosive device (IED), in hope of blowing up a coalition military vehicle. The tactic claims the lives of hundreds of civilians each year, maiming many more.

Azim, 26, Alam, 23, and their father Abdul, 80, worked as farmers in the remote Shah Wali Kot District of Kandahar Province. The incident left their families with no working-age men or breadwinners. In Afghanistan, women seldom work in the provinces and are completely financially dependent on male relatives.

The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program provided the three families with a supply of basic food items. The families also chose to receive livestock from a range of tailored assistance options. The project will provide one wife with cows, another with sheep, and the third wife with goats. Building on their farming experience, the women will be able to earn a sustainable income to support themselves and their nine children, including three babies. They will sell milk, yogurt, and wool. The project will provide babycare items as well. Without help, their future would have been bleak.

Abdul’s wife Hamido told why the assistance was so crucial. “The only ones left are us ladies and the young children. We have no jobs and no one to support us,” she said. “We can not stop our tears, but the help we received means we will not go hungry and later we will be able to make enough money for ourselves by selling the produce from the animals.”

The Afghan Civilian Assistance Program has supported more than 10,000 families since 2007.

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

Filed Under: Civil Society, Women & Gender, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan