Abdullah Momani, owner of Momani bookstore, in the western province of Herat, said that he has donated 2,000 books amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Momani said that he has given the books to coronavirus patients and students stuck in lockdown, because he wants to keep their spirits up, keep them from wasting their free time, and to encourage them to study.
“I have given more psychological books to the coronavirus patients so they stay strong spiritually to fight the virus naturally,” said Momani.
Momani says he has encouraged other bookstores to do the same.
“Every one of my colleagues should keep at least 100 books on hand and distribute them in a hard time, to make the idea of book-donating more popular,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we have less achievements regarding knowledge, despite the fact that 98% of the people are Muslim and we have resources to gain knowledge,” said Sayed Mohammad Shirzadi, the head of the pilgrimage department in Herat province.
Abdul Majid Ahmad Khani, a resident of Herat, received two books from the bookstore, and was grateful.
“I received two books from the Momani bookstore and I used the opportunity very well.”
“We can prevent war when we read more. If we do not read we will always be at war,” said Wasa Jami al Ahmadi, a resident of Herat.
According to sociologists, studying and gaining knowledge can allow Afghans to overcome the crisis.
“We should convince society that studying is a key element that affects our life socially and individually. This needs cooperation between the government and civil society and cultural analysts,” said Mohammad Fagiri, a university professor.