“My father had killed people, leading to them in prison, my father, mother, brother and uncle.My father and brother died in the prison. My mother has remained alive in prison. I was born and grew up here.”
Mina was still in her mother’s womb, when a court sentence her father, brother, uncle and mother to death for their involvement and murder of 27 people.The father and brother were sent to the gallows, but Mina’s mother, Shirin Gul, was spared from being hanged, because of for her unborn child.Now 11 years later, Mina is curious about what lives on the other side.
“My big dream is to go out with my mother and see my brothers and sisters.”
Mina is in primary school at an educational center in the prison. She plays with the children of other female prisoners.She says that she has spent her whole life listening to stories of horror and sorrow.During her interview with VOA, she repeatedly talked about one thing, freedom for herself and her mother, saying she has her own aspirations.
“I want to go home with my mother and study to become a doctor.”
Why can’t Mina leave off the prison? Her mother would not let her.
“President Ashraf Ghani should hang me before separating my daughter from me, because my life depends on her,I can not live without her even for a moment, I will hang myself.”
Shirin Gul says her daughter was faced danger outside.She says she has two sons who are living, but she has not heard from them, nor have they inquired about her or their younger sister.So for now Mina stays in prison, a victim of crimes. She didn’t command with an uncertain future ahead.
Zabihullah Ghazi, VOA News Jalalabad, Afghanistan