Afghan People and COVID-19

Why our people have a problem in being quarantined at home? Despite all the problems that exists in our country, one of the problems is that people are not abiding by the rules of lockdown and home quarantine regulations. This is because they are breadwinners and have to put food on the table.

Despite all the problems that exists in our country, one of the problems is that people are not abiding by the rules of lockdown and home quarantine regulations. This is because they are breadwinners and have to put food on the table.

Huma Yousuf
Photo: Al Jazeera

Those who have money and live a luxurious life with a good social and governmental status have the ability to pay for their expenses during this quarantine. While we have people, if they do not work during day, they cannot feed themselves and their families at night.

While we have people, if they do not work during day, they cannot feed themselves and their families at night.

Huma Yousuf

Similar to the story of Queen Mary Antoinette, Louis XVI’s wife, when it was reported that a large number of women were sad due to lack of bread and were screaming behind the palace. When it was announced, she was surprised and said: ‘It is good to have biscuits instead of bread.’

In the current situation we live in, it is necessary to protect our lives and the lives of our families. However, in our country people are living below the poverty line, they are unable to make a living for themselves.

If the prominent elders and government authorities really knew that there are families who cannot put food on their tables for a whole month, they would be ashamed of themselves and would not have the ability to look up for life. Until the government meets basic necessities of the people such as food and house rent, we cannot fight with COVID-19.

Until the government meets basic necessities of the people such as food and house rent, we cannot fight with COVID-19.

Huma Yousuf

Author: Huma Yousuf is a Political Science student based in Kabul.

Translator: Shughnia Ramzjo

The original text in Dari is below:

کرونا برای مردم افغانستان از دید یک دختر افغان چیست؟ 

چرا مردم ما در قرنطین شدن خانگی مشکل دارند؟ با تمام مشکلات که در کشور ما وجود دارد یکی آن تن ندادن به قرنطینه خانگی وجود دارد که آن هم غم نان است .کسانیکه پول دارند و رجال های برجسته جامعه و دولت هستند توانایی پرداخت و قرنطینه شدن خانگی را دارند. اما طبقه از مردم هم هستند که اگر در روز نتواند کار کند شب توانایی سیر شدن خود و خانواده خود را ندارد.

 قسمی که “ملکه ماری انتوانت” همسر لوئی شانزدهم وقتی خبر شد تعداد کثیری از زنان بخاطری نداشتن غم نان پشت قصر فریاد میزدند وقتی خبر شد تعجب کرد و گفت ! خوب به جایش بسکویت بخورند. 
در شرایط که ما قرار داریم امری لازمی است که از جان خود و خانواده خود محافظت کنیم اما در کشوری که ما هستیم تعداد کثیر مردم ما در زیر خط فقر زندگی قرار دارند که نمی توانند معیشت اولیه زندگی خود را تامین کند .اگر دولت و رجال های برجسته مان میدانستند که خانواده های هستند که در یک ماه نمی توانند غذای میل شان را بخورند اگر شرم ننگ می مُردن و توانایی چشم بلند کردن به زندگی را نمی داشتند. 
پس تا زمانیکه دولت نیازمندیهای اولیه مردم و پرداخت اجاره های خانه مردم فقیر ما را ندهند ما درست نمی توانیم از باری ویروس جانکاه چون کرونا براییم .

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