In memory of
Faiz, 25, father of two
killed in the evening of
Faiz owned a little food shop on Shahrinow Street, a main street in Kandahar. What he earned from selling biscuits, water, soft drinks and convenience items went to support his wife, two baby daughters and his aging parents. By any standards the family is poor and can barely scrape by. Faiz’s friend minds the shop now.
The family house is made from mud and wood. A triangular opening is cut out in the roof to let in shafts of light. There is no electricity. The room where we sat together was about nine feet long and 12 feet wide. It was sparsely furnished with traditional carpets on the floors and red and pink floral-patterned fabrics on the walls. The inside of the house smelt from the cows and goats that were kept in the small garden outside. We sat together on the floor and drank tea as Akhtar’s granddaughters, Faiz’s children -- 2-year-old Madina, and 3-year-old Frishta, -- demanded their grandfather’s attention.
After visiting Akhtar, I went to the NATO base in Kandahar to try and find out any information about Faiz. NATO’s spokesman, Lt Col Stephan Grenier was not aware of the incident or of Faiz’s death..
"There are red signs on all vehicles that say ‘keep back, keep away, pull over to the side of the road and let the convoy pass,’" Grenier said. "Only if all those warning have been ignored, do we actually assume that the vehicle is a suicide vehicle and open up."
"What happens when someone can’t read the signs?" I asked. "After all, over 60 percent of Afghans are illiterate."
Grenier’s response was swift: "When you see ISAF (U.S. NATO and Afghan army) convoys, pull off the road, obey all signals and obey instantly."
But locals complain that at nighttime the lights on the military convoys
are blinding, they get confused and don’t know what to do. A lone report by NBC News’ Igbal Ahmed in
Kandahar carried the story of Faiz.
Killed by 30 bullets fired by NATO occupation soldiers