back-to-square-one: Back to Square One
by Robert Knoth
In 2001 Mir Negor wanted to leave the village. She never did manage to leave, but their lives have improved somewhat. The boy and his mother live on a courtyard together with a cousin and his family who occupy their own house. Like this, Mir Negor still has ‘qaum’ around her, the so important concept of the extended family that Afghans hope to rely on in times of trouble. Mir Negor’s husband who had left in 2001 to find food did return to his family, but died a year later. The two sons who had left at the same time send money now and then. Last month it was 25,000 Afghanis, roughly 500 dollars.