Feature: Afghan family loses all hope for future as terror attack claims life of its bread winner

KABUL, June 19 (Xinhua) -- "We have lost everything and don't even feel safe inside our home since the deadly terrorist attack that rocked Kabul on May 31 and devoured the lives of countless innocent people including my brother Mohammad Hussain Panae," whispered the late Panae's sister, Razia Panae.

Looking at an old photo of her brother and sitting alongside her parents in a shabby home, the 21-year-old horrified girl murmured that her brother, Hussain Panae, was the only breadwinner in the family and his unexpected death will leave the whole family in unbearable pain.

A water tank filled with explosives struck the Wazir Akbar Khan locality, the diplomatic enclave in Kabul on May 31, claiming the lives of more than 150 people, mostly civilians and injuring more than 400 others, besides destroying and badly damaging scores of public and private buildings and offices nearby.

Her brother used to work as an electric engineer for an embassy in Kabul at nights and often came home in the rush hour in the morning, but on May 31 he didn't return home, Razia Panae sobbed while she recalled.

"The huge blast in the morning on May 31 had shocked us at home and my mother and I were frightened and I repeatedly called my brother but his mobile phone didn't respond," she said in tears.

Wiping her tear-filled eyes, the sorrowful girl said that the silence of his phone prompted her to contact several hospitals and finally she found the charred remains of her brother at one of them and took them to the graveyard to be buried.

"I can't explain the feeling of loss and panic and I can't believe that Hussain Panae has died and left us in endless pain," she wept softly.

Hussain Panae is one of the countless breadwinners of Afghan families that have lost their lives in endless terrorist attacks which have left countless families bereaved and in the doldrums.

Anti-government militants, specifically the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) group, have intensified subversive activities mostly in the shape of bloody suicide bombings since beginning of this year, which often claim the lives of civilians, and non-combatants in Afghanistan.

"Believe me that the repeated deadly terrorist attacks have robbed us of our peace of mind and our hope for the future. We feel safe nowhere, not even in our own homes," lamented the terrified Panae.

Living with her mother and disabled father, the frightened Razia Panae also predicted with sorrow that the "unchecked terror attacks like the past would continue to devour the lives of Afghans in the future" if the establishment fails to cope with the menace of terror properly.

[ Editor: Xueying ]
 

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