A tragic story, reminiscent of that of Rayan. A boy stuck for three days in a well in a village in southern Afghanistan has died.
The child called Haidar slipped to the bottom of a dug well in Shokak, a drought-stricken village in Zabul province, some 400 kilometers southwest of the capital, Kabul, on Tuesday.
Rescuers worked tirelessly to save the boy, believed to be five, including digging an open trench at an angle to the surface in an attempt to reach the point where he was trapped.
On Friday morning, officials said Haidar was still alive, but later announced he had died.
“With great sadness, young Haidar is separated from us forever”said Anas Haqqani, senior adviser to the Taliban-run Interior Ministry, in a tweet.
The boy’s grandfather, Haji Abdul Hadi, 50, told AFP that Haidar had fallen into the well while trying to ‘help’ the adults dig a new borehole in the village dried.
Officials said the boy had slipped to the bottom of the 25m shaft, but was pulled by a rope about 10m before becoming stuck.
Senior officials from the newly installed Taliban government were overseeing rescue operations in Shokak, watched by hundreds of curious villagers.
The incident happened about two weeks after the case of little Rayan which had moved the whole world. The little boy had accidentally fallen on Tuesday into a 32 m dry well, narrow and difficult to access, dug near the family home in Ighrane, before dying five days later.