Stories of Central Asia

Learn about some of the people we have encountered. Each person has their own story and their own challenges. Stories like these are what fuel our motivation to bring hope to Central Asia.

Ruslan’s Story

Ruslan is the older brother of Daria and Artyom, and his experiences much of the same hardships, but with the additional responsibility of being the oldest sibling.


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Daria’s Story

Daria and her brother Artyom recently just lost their mother to sickness and drug abuse. Now they have to pick up the pieces and continue to live their life and work hard while mourning their mother.


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Artyom’s Story

Daria and Artyom’s father was addicted to drugs and was a very aggressive man. He disappeared one day, and they haven’t heard from him since. The rumors say that he’s dead. Their mother was also addicted to drugs and suffered from tuberculosis.


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Artyom in from of a tree June 2021
Alisa and her baby

Alisa’s Story

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.


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Faizullah’s Story

Faizullah is a 13-year-old orphan living in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan.  Faizullah’s family used to have a very good life and his father was a rich man, but he was addicted to gambling. He gambled until he lost everything.


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Mariam’s Story

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.


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Sayeed’s Story

10-year-old Sayeed Safdar is one of the abandoned children in the city of Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan. Safdar’s father was working as a handyman in the city, when he was killed in 2015 in a tragic suicide bombing attack in Balkhab.


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Said Safdar

Mujeeb’s Story

Mujeeb’s father lost his life in 2014 due to health issues. His conditions were curable, however, he could not get proper medical attention due to his financial situation, which unfortunately led to his death.


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Maryam’s Story

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.


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Samim’s Story

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.


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Romel’s Story

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’s Story

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.


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Sair’s Story

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.


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