Lost their father
Hussain and Zakia lost their father when an armed group attacked their village. The residents of the village say the attackers were Taliban.
“They took their father, grandfather and uncle,” says Hussain and Zakia’s mother, Marzia, 28. “They tied their hands together on their backs, right in front of the boys’ eyes.”
Hussain was terrified.
“He wakes up at night, screaming,” she says. “Now he won’t go to the bathroom alone, not even in broad daylight.”
“I managed to escape. My brother stayed behind, he couldn’t leave his children. They took him later and killed him,” says Sayed Gul Hussain, 42.
Together with his wife and three children, he managed to escape the village to the provincial capital of Sar-e-pul city.
The family lost their livelihood when they had to leave their farm. Now the future looks bleak.
Gul Hussain’s sister-in-law, Adila, 37, and her husband put their children on the back of their donkeys and attempted to escape the village. They walked in the pitch dark of the night for two hours before they were stopped. The armed men took her husband and their 13-year-old son. The son was later released, but Adila’s husband was killed.
“They tied his hands together on his back and pushed him in front of them. He turned and looked at us. I wish he had escaped. Then he would be alive now."
The armed group took the women and children, and killed the men.
These women managed to escape to the provincial capital of Sar-e-pul city, some after being held captive for three days.
Ghulam Yahya, 72, was taken prisoner and tortured by the armed group. He doesn’t know why they didn’t kill him.
He says they tortured him and interrogated him about the men of the village.
“They went in all the houses and looted them. They took our animals and shared what they found between them.”
"My daughter was so scared, she couldn’t cry,” says Dordana, 47. “She was shivering and staring at me.”
Together with her sister-in-law, Marzia, 28, she is now taking care of 13 children. Their husbands were killed.
“They took my husband, my brother, my brother-in-law, my 90-year-old father and my 17-year-old son. None of them have returned.”
After being held captive for three days, Dordana and Marzia escaped the armed group and arrived in the provincial capital of Sar-e-pul city.
In the provincial capital of Sar-e-pul city, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) supports thousands of displaced people.
In collaboration with the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), NRC supports displaced families so that they are able to get shelter, fuel and electricity.