These are some of the women and children who have benefited from the support and generosity assistance of our partners and donors;
On 26 April 2014, around 11 pm, an intruder broke into the home of Saima, daughter of Ewaz Ali, who lives in the Ragh district of Badakhshan. Saima was alone that night because her husband was in another village. She had not yet gone to her bed when she noticed a bright light and then the door opened. The masked man then entered the house. Saima became scared and called out to him, “Who are you?” But he did not answer. She tried to escape, but he held her down and demanded that she have sex with him. Saima recognized him from his voice as Haji Emran. She begged him not to rape her tried her best to make him leave, but he refuses to leave and threatens to kill her. Meanwhile her baby is in the cradle yelling. Saima tells Haji Emran that she needs him to let her go so she can calm down her baby. So he lets her go just to calm the child. What he does not know is that Saima’s husband had hidden a pistol under the baby’s cradle for the protection of the family who lives in a remote area of the forest, far from any neighbors. Saima then took the pistol from its hiding place and shot the intruder to protect herself and her honor. The intruder runs away, and although she did not aim to kill him, Haji Emran ends up dead.
Saima then goes and calls her husband’s second wife. Finally, murder charges were brought against both Saima and her husband, Mr. Faizullah by the prosecutor before the judiciary and justice institutions. The primary court stated that her husband was an accomplice, and the judges convicted both husband and wife and sentenced them to the death penalty. Therefore, on 6/8/2014 Saima’s family members applied to JFAO in order to represent them in an appeal to the court. JFAO appointed a lawyer to represent the couple in the appeal phase. Based on the hard work and as a result of JFAO lawyer’s representation in the appeal phase, her husband was acquitted and Saima’s sentence was reduced from death to 5 years of imprisonment. Afterwards the JFAO lawyer was able to get Saima’s prison sentence reduced, for which Saima was very happy, and she said that it was all due to JFAO’s major help and assistance.