Haidar has died, several Taliban officials announced on Friday. The 9-year-old boy had been stuck in a deep, dry well in southeastern Afghanistan since Tuesday.
The child “has left us forever”, tweeted Anas Haqqani, senior adviser to the Ministry of the Interior. “This is another day of mourning and grief for our country,” he added.
Haidar “is no longer with us”, confirmed, also on Twitter, Abdullah Azzam, secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister, Abdul Ghani Baradar.
Rescuers reached this Friday morning the child, who had slipped to the bottom of this earthen well in the village of Shokak, located in the province of Zabul, about 400 km southwest of the capital Kabul.
He was still alive when they arrived by his side, but his situation was “not good” and he had to “be treated on the spot”, had previously indicated Ahmadullah Wasiq, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban government.
The accident was reminiscent of that in early February in Morocco of little Rayan, 5, who fell to the bottom of a dry well and was found lifeless after five days of relentless efforts by rescuers. The tragedy had caused considerable emotion, amplified by social networks, in Morocco and around the world.
A village ravaged by drought
Haidar’s grandfather, Haji Abdul Hadi, 50, said he fell into the hole while trying to “help” the adults drill a new well in the drought-ravaged village.
According to official sources, the child slipped into this 25m deep hole, before being pulled with the help of a rope to a depth of about ten meters, where he found himself stuck .
Rescuers opened a large oblique trench in the earth with diggers to access where he was stuck. But, forced to proceed with caution as they approached the shaft, they were then slowed down in their efforts by the rocky terrain.
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