Afroze

 

Sister to Feeroza and Firdous.

The three sisters lost their father Munney Khan of his injuries within a few months of the disaster. Their mom was already dead. Dad was a bidi salesman doing well in his profession. They had their own house. After Dad died they only had their grandma. Grandma used to be always worried that she would die before ]getting the girls married. [She died in '93]. So Feeroza was married when she was fourteen.

All three sisters remain sick. All three have been told by their doctor
that their lungs are damaged. All have chest pain.

Both elder sisters encouraged Afroze, the youngest, to go to school. She studied to the 8th grade and got married when she was 18. Her husband sells vegetables and makes little money.

Noth Firdous and Afroze applied for loans to start provision stores.
Neither could get the loans because they didnt have 'below poverty line' ration cards and nobody could tell them how to get one. Says Afroze, "We were just pushed by one official to the other."