Tatarstan is invited to help the Afghan Tatars — RealnoeVremya.com
The Muslim Patriotic Charity Fund addressed the government of the republic
Tatarstan must create its office in Afghanistan to help the local Tatars who are estimated at 1.5 million. At the moment they need flour, sugar and vegetable oil. One month is given to make a decision. Rustam Khabibullin, managing director of the Muslim Patriotic Charity Fund, the only Russian organization currently registered in Afghanistan, spoke about it. Read more in Realnoe Vremya’s report.
“Families are starving. There are two cases of death, children have died”
The meeting entitled The path of cooperation between Afghanistan and Tatarstan: economic, political, cultural was moving. As Khabibullin said, the ties between the republic and Afghanistan have been established in recent years. In particular, the science academies have agreed on joint work. He was supposed to bring an exhibit of Bactrian gold – artefacts found in 1978 during the digging of the Kushan royal burials dating back to the 1st century BC – to Tatarstan. It is one of the greatest treasures discovered by archaeologists. mullah’s wife The Tatar film was recognized as the best Muslim film in Russia at the Lajward National Film Festival. In 2019, the fund discovered that the possible burial place of Khambal Gambarov, who died during the war in Afghanistan, is from Aktanysh district, Tatarstan. In February 2021, a memorable plaque was placed in his regional center in his honor.
In March 2021, the Afghan government added nationality to passports and about half a million people wrote Tatars. After the change of power, Tatar parents register their children as Tajiks and Uzbeks to receive aid from these countries.
“Families are starving. There are two cases of death, children died. There are constant military actions, the United States has blocked accounts,” Khabibullin described the current situation in the country.
He said that the fund contacted the President of Tatarstan with a proposal to establish the republic’s office in Afghanistan: “The Tatars of Afghanistan place all their hopes in Tatarstan. Humanitarian aid must be sent to them urgently.
“Today, Afghanistan is on the brink of famine-genocide. A large part of the population is beyond the poverty line, the lives of millions of Afghans are at risk,” said the head of the analytical center of the Russian Community of Political Experts, director of the Center for Afghan Policy Andrei Serenko. “We got used to politicians dealing with Afghanistan. But events show that the policy turns out to be bad. You can’t help calling the situation we see in Afghanistan genocide.
One can debate on the theme, recognizing the new government from no, Serenko noted, but while the games are being played, people are starving, dying in Afghanistan. He noted that the calm in the northern districts of the country is the security of Central Asia and Russia itself.
“There’s not even baking soda at home”
Now Afghan Tatars are staying at home jobless, Khabibullin said, although they worked in both the military and government, they also ran a business.
“There’s not even baking soda at home. Flour, sugar and vegetable oil are the first aid to be able to make flatbread and eat,” Khabibullin said.
The fund develops business and economic activity between Russian and Muslim entrepreneurs. Some exported goods were used for charitable purposes. After accounts are blocked, sellers no longer see money: cashless settlements no longer work nationwide.
“We will report on the aid, we provide it first hand, not through ministers and governors,” Khabibullin said and promised that logistics inside the country depended on them.
Then winter will begin and the process will be complicated. There is one month left to solve the problem. Afghan Tatars need a representative office. Nowadays, they are not even allowed to bury officially in local cemeteries. There is no one to protect them.
“I am against providing humanitarian aid with food,” admitted Khabibullin. “The case is catastrophic!
Afghan Tatars, according to the director of the fund, live in unique places. Before the revolution, these sites could be called Silk Way – the Kazan Tatars exported goods to other countries through this route. Local Tatars still live in these places located on the road. In other words, there is potential for developing relationships. The fund organized Tatar language courses in two local schools – this process is still ongoing.