KABUL, Afghanistan – A boy died Friday after being trapped in a well for several days in southern Afghanistan, Taliban officials said, heralding a tragic end to a round-the-clock rescue effort led by rescuers. The country’s highest-ranking officials take the lead. new government.
The boy, Haidar Jan, believed to be 5 years old, fell into a well about 85 feet deep on Tuesday in a village near Qalat, the capital of Zabul province. By Thursday, rescuers had sent cameras and ropes down the foot-wide borehole but to no avail, in one scene Reminds me of an effort in Morocco this month.
Around the time they discovered that Haidar was not moving, officials said, they had begun digging around the scene.
Sharafat Wyar, Zabul’s head of culture and information, said: “The Zabul officials, in collaboration with the Kabul officials and the Zabul metropolitan government, worked for about 70 hours and made heavy use of it. Various tools and equipment to rescue the kid. “When the child was rescued from the well, he lived for a short time, but after a while he died.”
Anas Haqqani, brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Taliban’s acting Interior Minister, helped lead the rescue effort, which involved police, public authorities and the Taliban’s fledgling air force. Acting Defense Minister Muhammad Yaqoub was also present to assist in command of the operation.
Haidar’s death comes just weeks after an attempt to rescue 5-year-old Morocco boy Rayan Oram captivated the globe after he plunged into a well in his small village.
The operation in Morocco to save Rayan, who also died, was accompanied by days of guard and internet live streams that followed the rescue effort with thousands of viewers.
Wells are very common in Afghanistan, with more than 70% of the country’s 38 million people living in rural areas. As one of the worst droughts in decades extends into another year, Afghan farmers are digging their wells deeper and deeper to reach rapidly falling groundwater levels. Mr. Wyar said the well that Haidar fell into on Tuesday had completely dried up.
In the end, excavators dug a trench in the side of the well to get the boy out after initial attempts to pull him out were unsuccessful. Video taken from the scene during the initial efforts by rescuers showed a stuffy room that had been clogged with debris and ropes.
In Afghanistan, Haidar’s plight received much less attention than younger Rayan, although the Taliban seized the opportunity to publicize their ability to direct an effective emergency response.
The rescue of a helpless boy also provides an opportunity to showcase the nuanced and caring side of the Taliban leadership, which is frequently criticized internationally for its hardline religious stance and which has battled the Taliban. a violent uprising for decades before coming to power last year.
“What a pity that Haidar Jan left us forever,” Anas Haqqani say on Twitter right after the boy was taken out of the well. The Taliban quickly circulated purported photos showing Mr Haqqani and Mr Yaqoub, the eldest son of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, talking with Haidar’s father.
Public relations have exploded after weeks of headlines and international outcry accusing the Taliban of kidnapping several female activists, who protested after women’s rights were restored submit under the banner of strict Islamic law. The Taliban denied kidnapping the women, although they were eventually released.
Taimoor Shah Contribution report from Kandahar.
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