“Italy help me, help my family to leave Afghanistan”. This is the appeal that Mohammad Idrees Jamali launches through Aki – Adnkronos International. Jamali is a 40-year-old Afghan, who arrived in our country for “more than ten years”. “Born, raised and escaped from Afghanistan”, as he sums it up, a Pashtun, a refugee in Italy. He lives in Rome, but his family – he says – remained in a village in the Afghan province of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan. He speaks of a “tragic situation for all Afghans” in a country in which the withdrawal of international forces, after 20 years of operations, was followed by an advance of the Taliban. “In some mountain resorts there is not even water – he says – It would be right if my family could come to Italy”.
Jamali, vice president of the association of the Afghan community in Italy, talks about the difficulties in getting in touch with his relatives in the tormented land of Afghanistan. “Sometimes there is no line, there is no internet”, he continues, with “the concern” that “grows day by day” and the “hope” that his family can reach him in our country, “even if he is very difficult”.
In Afghanistan, Jamali was “a nurse” and “vaccinated adults and children in the villages” of Nangarhar. “We went with the camper to vaccinate the children who live far from the cities – he says – But I could no longer stay there, I could no longer work or help my people, I was forced by the Taliban to leave my land”.
‘we don’t want to go back, we can’t live in war all our life’
He talks about his Afghanistan made up of “daily killings, explosions”, a situation “worsening day by day”. He remembers Tuesday’s attack in Kabul near the residence of Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi, claimed by the Taliban. Jamali condemns those who want to “destroy” his Afghanistan, “the resources, the schools, the hospitals, the bridges and even the mosques and the madrasas”, the Koranic schools.
“We do not want to go back to the nineties, to 2000 – he continues – We cannot live our whole life in war”. But the fear is that it will never end. Because, he says, “there are the interests of other countries”.
In Rome Jamali is “the cultural mediator and social worker”. The tone of his voice changes when he remembers the difficult escape from Afghanistan, passing through “Turkey and Greece”, a journey “on foot, alone, which lasted more than seven months, worse than the Balkan route” because “on the border between Iran and Turkey “was” held hostage for two months, together with other Afghan refugees, by a group that only wanted money and kept us in the mountains in an animal shelter “. Hope does not abandon him. “Our life is hope – he says – The hope of building our country”. “Ours”, he concludes, “because we are all Afghans, one people, with the same blood, regardless of ethnicity and religion”.