Our writer in Kabul interviewed many women who told how high prices during Ramadan mean they cannot afford to buy food. Here are three of their stories.

Iftar only a Wish for Poor

Kabul— I am 42 years old. I am Rogal and I live in Qali Mosa in Kabul. Unfortunately having a good Iftar or Suhari is only a wish for me and my family.

We need help during Ramadan. If the government would help even a little bit, it would be better for people. I am a widow. I have six children and I work cleaning the school to pay the rent.

It is painful that in the market they raise the price of food stuffs so we are unable to buy something good for Iftar. One sack of flour is 1500 Afg and we are unable to buy it. We have 5000 Afg salary and we must pay the house rent. All of our money is spent this way.

The only bringer of food and other things to our family is me. My two sons and two daughters were all students, but because I couldn’t support them I took my sons out of school so they could work. But because of bad luck nowadays there is no work.

We want peace and stability in our country but our biggest need in Ramadan is getting food.

High Prices During Ramadan

Kabul— I am Aziza and I am 40. I live in Qali Wazir Abad and my big problem during this month of Ramadan is the high price of food.

We can’t afford to buy oil, flour, rice, or any of the necessities for a household. As I am witness, neither the government nor private sector is helping. They make everything more expensive during Ramadan. They don’t think about poor people.

It is very painful when I have to pay the rent on our house and the markets are too expensive. I have six children and I am the leader of my family. My husband is ill and has had two operations.

My wish during Ramadan is that God save our people from illness, sadness, and poverty.

We Don’t Have Food to Eat

Kabul— I am Fahima and I am 45 and the biggest issue for me during Ramadan is that we don’t have water and we don’t have food to eat.

I live in Qali Mosa. We don’t have anything for our Iftar or for Suhari. We have nothing good to put in our napkins for Iftar.

I have nine children. We live in a rented house. My husband is ill and has no job. These are my problems. I spend everything on feeding my children and on my husband’s medicine.

I want the government to rescue us from destitution. I need a place to live. Before Ramadan we had problems, but now in Ramadan with the high prices of food in the market, we cannot eat enough.

My message for the people in other countries is, despite poverty in their countries, please help save our lives.

Stories as told to Zohra N.