Kazbano-a Tale of Resilience and Determination
- June 18, 2018
- Amir Hussain and Savaila A Hunzai
- Blog Published in "The Morning Mail"
Story of Kazbano BiBi
Kazbano Bibi aged 32 is one of 10 children of a peasant family from village Budho Samejo of district Jacobabad. Born into a wretched and conservative family Kazbano could not have the opportunity and wherewithal to attend a school. She was confined to thatched hut of her parents lending a hand to her mother in cooking and making Rillis (traditional embellished wall and floor sheets).
Kazbano was only 15 when she was married into a landless poor family where she spent most of her time tending to the extended family in a cramped mud room. Her over-indebted in laws were sharecroppers of 10% yield on a farm which was far less to feed the extended family. Kazbano says’ “The family owned five goats which used to give milk for household consumption while they were dependent on neighbours, who had buffalo, for butter and daytime meals.
Kazbano gave birth to her son one year after her marriage followed by six children each with a gap of one year. She says, “All children were born in the house without the help of any midwife. I did not know about pre-delivery medical check-ups that the local Community Health Workers suggest pregnant women nowadays. In sickness, we had to travel to Thul, a place 5 km away from our village. We were not allowed to go out without a male companion. Also, unlike today, the roads were not paved and our men travelled to Thul on bullock-carts.”
Her initial days at her in-laws’ home were better than her life later with her husband, Kazbano stated.
She was able to eat two meals everyday as all family members worked and earned satisfying meals.
After separation from in-laws, she along with her husband and children started to live in a hut. Being the only breadwinner as a shared-cropper, her husband became frustrated which at times culminated into domestic conflict. Rainwater trickled down in her hut as Kazbano recalls “Every passing day, I faced stress, hunger and physical poverty.”........