Mariam Hakimi and Hanifa Afshar were among the female students who were killed in the insurgents’ attack on Kabul University on Monday. Both were studying at the faculty of public administration and policy.
Wali Hakimi, Mariam's father who works as a driver at Moby Group in Kabul, says his daughter afforded her financial needs for her studies few resources and she dreamed to make a better life for herself and her family.
She was only 22 years old.
Mariam’s father Wali said that after hearing about the attack on the university he rushed to inquire about his daughter's health and safety, but he found her dead body at the hospital.
“People always make demands from the government, but the government has failed to do anything for them. Therefore, I don’t see it important to ask anything from the government. I can only ask God to destroy all those who are oppressing our people,” Wali said.
Mariam’s friends said she was a talented and outstanding student of the faculty and was also working in a non-government organization to her family economically.
“She was the elder daughter of her father. She was his powerful arm. She was always working hard,” said Ahmad Siyar, Mariam’s cousin.
Hanifa Afshar, a fourth-year student of the public administration faculty, was also killed in the attack. She was 22 years old.
“She was a talented girl and spent most of her time studying. She was trying to make a better life for her,” said Mohammad Naeem, victim’s relative.
“In that morning, she asked for Afs180 and said she starts her new semester. I had Afs250 in my pocket and gave it to her. I raised my daughters with lots of hardships and trained them,” said Habibullah Afshar, Hanifa’s father.
“I was in shock. I couldn’t even recognize my daughter. I took her sister and aunt to recognize her,” said Afshar, Hanifa’s father.
Hanifa’s father found her body in a hospital in Kabul.
The attack killed 22 people, 18 of them students from Public Administration and Law faculties. Over 40 others were wounded, according to official figures.