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Maraston inmate wants to use her artistic skill

Maraston inmate wants to use her artistic skill

Oct 29, 2017 - 22:45

KABUL (Pajhwok): A widowed woman, who has been living at the “Maraston Hostel” with her children, wants to stand on her own feet by using her skill of painting and embroidery.

Zia Gul, 40, her two daughters and a son, from 9 to 17 years old, have been living at the Afghan Red Crescent Society-run hostel for war widowed women in Kabul for the past three years.

Now she has decided to stand on her own feet and provide livelihood for her family by using her artistic skill.

Zia Gul, originally from Takhar province, told Pajhwok Afghan News that her husband died during the war times nine years ago and since then, she has been leading a hard life with her children.

Zia Gul said she was illiterate, but she knew painting and embroidery. She hoped to be able to use her art and make money to support her children.

She said she could paint national figures, historic monuments and places besides hand embroidery.

But she needed financial support from a government or non-governmental organization to start her business.

“I started this work six years ago, but couldn’t continue it due to the ailness of my son and financial harships”.

Zia Gul has already prepared 12 pieces of her artwork of individuals and historic places of the country and she wants to launch an exhibition if she finds financial support.

Miram Sidaqat, the Afghan Red Crescent Society spokesperson, said Gul’s skills needed appreciation and most of her artworks were currently kept at the Maraston.