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Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 15:45

Many residents of Girani village in Bala Bulook district of  western Farah province, lost their family members in a deadly air strike by the foreign troops a few months ago. Most want to participate in the elections, but many of them believe nothing is left in life for them.
Located around 35 kilometres east of Farah, the village of Girani still  looks deserted. The village was bombed by  foreign troops on  May 5,  and official investigations later revealed that 140 people were killed.
All the dead in this  attack were civilians. Around 20 houses were burnt or partially damaged.
Farah province has 10 districts and is located some 787 kilometres from the  capital Kabul.  The provincial council of this province has nine members with three of them  women.
This  report is based on interviews with residents of Girani district.
Agha Said Nizam: They killed 15 members of my family
Aghan Said Nizam, 55, sat at the graveside where his relatives are buried. He says he is unable to take revenge on those who killed his 15 family members.
Nizam's family once numbered 19. Now he is living only with his 75-year-old mother, and two of his sons.
With tears rolling down his cheeks as he spoke, Nizam said the government had no power to punish the killers. He said the president had come to express sympathy. “The president came here for sympathy and wept. For this reason, I want to participate in the elections and will vote for him.”
Although he praised the president’s sympathy visit, Nizam said Karzai failed to honour his promises.
Two weeks after the attack, the president, along with a delegation including US envoy to Kabul  Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, visited the village and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.
At that time Karzai promised the houses destroyed in the bombing would be reconstructed, heirs of the slain people would be sent to Saudi Arabia for Haj, and those who had lost their wives would be assisted to re-marry.
However, the dwellers say nothing more than compensation amount of 100,000 afghanis ($2,000) for each dead and 50,000 afghanis ($1,000) for each injured were paid to them.
Muhammad Hussain: Foreigners are the real rulers of Afghanistan
Forty-year-old Muhammad Hussain, who lost 11 members of his family, including his wife and 18-month-old child, said: “Foreigners are the real rulers of Afghanistan. The government is weak and can not punish the cruel. Americans don’t care for the lives of the people, and then they finish the matter with a simple excuse.”
Hussain was in Iran along with his brother Musa on the night of the deadly bombing. He said his brother’s house was also destroyed and eight members of Musa's family had been killed.
He said their houses had not been rebuilt despite numerous promises by the government. However, he is participating in the elections, and he had also joined the previous polls.
Bibi Khumara: 'I hate the foreigners'
Fifty-year-old Bibi Khumara says she can never forget those near and dear ones who were brutally massacred in that bombing. She lost her young daughter and five grandchildren.
She says her house was still demolished  and the government did not rebuild despite its promises.
She knows that Hamid Karzai is the ruler of Afghanistan, but does not know about the elections and the candidates.
She says: “I hate foreigners. They are more powerful than Karzai. They are cruel, and killing innocent people, and no one can dare to ask them why.”
Muhammad Naseem: 'I don’t know how to live'
Muhammad Naseem, 21, has lost 13 family members, including his mother, father, and two-month-old brother. He says the only thing he thinks about all the time is why the killers are not punished.
He is living with only memories of his family. He had left the house and is living with his friends in Farah City.
Asked about his participation in the elections, he said: “No, I don’t know how to live the rest of my life.”
Abdul Ghaffar: Won't make that mistake again
Abdul Ghaffar, 40, has lost his wife and six daughters in the bombing. He is living with only a nine-year-old son now. He said he had participated in the previous elections, but would not do so in the upcoming polls.
“I committed a mistake and used my vote, and the result was the massacre of my people,” he added.
Abdul Ghaffar was a farmer. But now, he says, cannot do anything. Asked what he wants from the president, he said: “What should I want from a killer?”
A tribal elder: People’s rights were misused
Tribal elder Haji Abdul Manan said the fact that there was no punishment for the killers and those involved in the bombing was another cruelty to the people.
Haji Manan, who had lost several of his close friends in the bombing, says he assisted with his own money eight people  who had lost their wives in the bombing.
He said the president had promised to assist the people, but he did not.  He said he will participate in the elections to play his role in changing the destiny of the country.