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Delhi helps Afghan teenagers acquire handicraft skills

New Delhi: Delhi is helping Afghan teenagers, who want to move away from war, to acquire handicraft skills as an alternate profession. It is a three-month special skill development programme.

One of the teenagers Pervez who lost his two brothers in the war does not want to serve the Afghan army anymore. He wants to learn handicraft skills to help sustain himself. "I'm a commando in Afghanisan. I lost my brothers in the war. My mother wants me to give up this job and do soemthing else with my life," Pervez said.

There are 14 other Afghan teenagers like Pervez who are in Delhi for the next three months as part of a special skill development programme.

International School of Design CEO Sunjey Agarwal said that during their stay, they will be taught skills on how to build a sustainable livelihood when they return to Afghanistan. "The Indian embassy in Kabul took this initiative and they are very skilled, adapted well etc," said Agarwal.

Another teenager is the 13-year-old Sami-ullah who is now the eldest male member of his family as he has lost his father in a Taliban suicide attack. With four sisters and two younger brothers to feed at home, he is carrying his family's burden on his young shoulders. "I want to play but I will have to work for my family," he said.

Even young teenaged girls have braved the Taliban diktats and have stepped out to know themselves better. The family of a 20-year-old girl has been threatened by the Taliban operatives with dire consequences for sending her to India. "We face social and economical problems. Security is an issue," she said.

Having lost their loved ones in suicide attacks, blasts and war, the children hope to embark upon a fresh lease of life. They are in Delhi to pick some handicraft skills to enable them to choose a life away from war cries & terrorism.

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