It’s hard to imagine a mother’s anguish at losing a child, no matter what age they are. Reza Gul, a mother in Afghanistan, witnessed her son being killed by Taliban militants and couldn’t sit back.
Gul’s son Saifullah was the head of the local police post in the Balabolok district of Farah province in western Afghanistan, near the border with Iran. His check post was attacked by the Taliban on Nov. 17, 2014. There was a fire fight and the militants succeeded in blowing up the post, killing Saifullah and his men.
Gul explained the events of the fateful day her son was killed, in an interview to Afghan television network TOLOnews. “It was around 5 a.m. when my son's check post came under the attack of Taliban," she said. "When the fighting intensified, I couldn't stop myself and picked up a weapon, went to the check post and began shooting back."
Some of her family members, including her husband, daughter and youngest son, aided in providing her with ammunition.
"The fighting intensified when we reached the battlefield along with light and heavy weapons," added her daughter-in-law, Seema. "We were committed to fight until the last bullet." She also said that the intense fighting lasted a number of hours and 25 militants were killed and several wounded.
As Gul’s daughter Fatima says, “We started a kind of family war against the Taliban.”
"My young son who was a police officer was killed in front of my eyes," said Abdul Satar, Gul’s husband. "I pulled aside his dead body and started fighting to defend my soil to prove that this is the soil of Malalai, the hero. I was committed to give up my life, but not my son's check post," he added, referring to Malalai of Maiwand, an Afghan folk hero who allegedly helped to defeat the British in the second Anglo-Afghan war in 1880.
Afghanistan has been ravaged by intense violence in many ways over the past few decades.. Things have only gotten worse since 9/11 and the resulting war on terror. According to statistics, 21,000-23,000 civilians have been killed from October 2001 to April 2014 and more will die in as the violence continues.
A news report with an interview of Reza Gul can be seen here. Even though it is in Persian, one can get a pretty good idea what the brave lady is saying.