Four years after the killing of Tetsu Nakamura, a Japanese aid worker who lived for years in eastern Afghanistan and coordinated major water projects that benefitted thousands, the residents of Nangarhar said they still remember and appreciate his services and they asked the interim government to resume the work of his half-finished projects.
Faridullah Atif, who worked with Nakamura for three years, said that he was a unique role model in doing effective work and always tried to help the people.
“In his humanity, he had a special love for the Afghans, and his favorite topic was talking about the Kunar River, he did not talk much, but he worked a lot,” said Faridullah.
Some residents of Nangarhar Province said that the use of the Kunar River was Nakamura's greatest wish, and he had completed several projects in this regard.
“I urge the current government to provide the opportunity for people like-minded to Nakamura, or his family members, to provide the means to complete Dr. Nakamura's half-finished projects,” said Shahidullah Hakak, a social activist.
“The Marwarid canal and its workers in Khewa and Kama districts are used by thousands of Afghans,” said Shahid Mahmood Miakhil, a Nangarhar resident.
The local officials of Nangarhar said that they are trying to complete his half-finished projects by next year.
“We hope and expect that these projects will be completed in 2024,” said Qureshi Badlon, an official of the Department of Information and Culture in Nangarhar.
Tetsu Nakamura, who was also an honorary citizen of Afghanistan due to his services, was assassinated four years ago today on December 4, in the fourth district of Jalalabad city, when he was on his way to Khiva district to evaluate a project.