Alisa’s mother passed away from addiction and TB. Alisa started to smoke and drink at a very young age, due to peer pressure. The smoking and drinking lead her to quit school and she found herself at the local bars. With no sources of income, Alisa resorted to selling her body, so that she can pay for her addiction and became a prostitute.
During the civil war, Mariam’s father, Shamsuddin, was an immigrant in Pakistan, so his motherless children had to live in the refugee camp. Later on, the Pakistan government forced Shamsuddin and his children to move back to Afghanistan. When they returned to Afghanistan, they discovered that their home had been destroyed.
We discovered Maryam under a bridge in her capital city of Kabul. She is seventeen years old. Maryam lost her parents in the civil war in Afghanistan and went to live with her grandmother. Unfortunately, her grandmother was no longer able to support her so Maryam was forced onto the streets to earn money. She was soon coerced by the organized crime that rules the streets and used to sell drugs. During this period, she became addicted to drugs. Maryam continues to live on the streets with no shelter, food, or care, and without hope for her future. Maryam agreed to be interviewed and you can watch the entire interview.
One of the children Source of Compassion has pledged to help is Samim. At the age of ten, he dropped out of school after his father abandoned his responsibilities to his four children and his older brother became addicted to heroin. He feared for his life working for a dollar a day in a dangerous downtown area, controlled by the street mafia.
Romel was fifteen years old when we first learned about him. At age twelve he was introduced to drugs by his co-workers at a bakery. Gradually, he became addicted. He has tried to stop many times, and would love to go to school, but cannot bear the pain of withdrawal on his own. Romel is one of many boys who would benefit from the Compassion Center, a rehabilitation facility which is one of Source of Compassion’s programs.
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Doost Mohammad’s early life was filled with one tragedy after another. After witnessing his father’s murder, his abusive uncle tried to kill Doost, but instead broke his leg in three places. Heroin was given to him as a pain remedy. He was addicted before he understood what had been given him.
When Source of Compassion found nine-year-old Sair, he had quit school and was begging in the streets, trying to help his mother buy groceries. His father was once a wealthy business owner before he became addicted to heroin. Upon his death, his oldest son tried to help the family by joining the military, but he was killed in the war less than a year later. While out begging for food, Sair would often fall asleep in the streets from exhaustion.