Nangarhar provincial officials officially inaugurated the Nakamura Memorial Garden in Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province on Monday to mark the humanitarian work done by the late Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura.
In October 2019, Nakamura was officially granted honorary Afghan citizenship but just two months later, he was gunned down in the city.
The memorial garden, in PD1 of Jalalabad, was paid for by the local municipality and cost 4.9 million afghanis. Seventeen people have been hired to maintain the area, which is 260 meters long.
Nangarhar residents have welcomed the memorial garden while local officials said the municipality will ensure that Nakamura’s unfinished projects will be completed.
Nakamura was a Japanese physician who headed Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS), an aid group known as Peshawar-kai in Japanese.
He was devoted to building canal projects, from the Kunar River in eastern Afghanistan, and was credited with transforming the desert of Gamberi, on the outskirts of Jalalabad, into lush forests and productive wheat farmlands.
He also constructed two hospitals and two mosques.
On 4 December 2019, as Nakamura was heading to work in his aid vehicle in Jalalabad, he was assassinated by gunmen along with his bodyguards and driver.
PMS officials meanwhile said that they are committed to carrying on Nakamura’s work and will launch new projects in the province.
Quadruplets born to Laghman couple
A Laghman woman has given birth to four healthy babies at the Laghman Central Hospital, officials confirmed Saturday.
According to Dr Payandeh Mohammad Sahak, the mother and her four babies – three boys and a girl – are all doing well.
The quadruplets were born on Friday.
The father of the babies was quoted by Bakhtar news agency as saying he is happy that “God has given him four children.”
The couple live in Alingar district of Laghman.
Takhar police confirm explosion but no casualties reported
Takhar police said an explosion shook Talaqan city court area on Tuesday morning but that no casualties were reported.
Police did not provide further details but eyewitnesses said the explosion was caused by a landmine and that it happened when prisoners were being transported to the courthouse.
According to witnesses, a Police Ranger and another car were damaged in this explosion.
Meanwhile, Hamidullah Mutawakel, the spokesperson of Herat governor, said in a statement that five Daesh members were killed in an operation by IEA forces in PD12 of Herat city. According to the Herat governor’s spokesman, the operation was carried out on Tuesday night by the intelligence forces.
Mutawakel did not give further details or say whether there had been any casualties among IEA forces.
Last Sikh in Nangarhar says he’s not leaving Afghanistan
Gulcharan Singh, the last Sikh in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, says the rest of his community left the country due security reasons, but that he is staying in his home country.
Gulcharan, who is a shopkeeper in Jalalabad, says thousands of Hindu and Sikh families were living in Nangarhar province, but they have now left for countries like India, Britain and Canada.
“In the past, we had 10,000 families in Nangahrar. Now it is only me who is remaining,” Gulcharan said.
“People (who left) are not comfortable. They had a free life here. You know how it is to live in a foreign country.”
“All those who worship and offer prayers should pray that God rebuilds the country and it becomes secure.”
Local residents say they hope that Hindu and Sikh families return to the country.
“They were good people. There were very broadminded people among them. There were merchants, shopkeepers and laborers among them. They were people who were helping the country,” said Mia Noorudin Miakheil, a local resident in Nangarhar.
“The conditions were not suitable for them. They were bombed in Kabul during the Emirate rule. They were very scared after that so they left,” said Ahmad Yosuf, a local resident in Nangarhar.
“Some left for India, others left for Canada…They may return after the security situation improves,” said Naseer Khan, a local resident in Nangarhar.
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