Earlier this week, a Twitter user shared the story of four orphan brothers who had the Internet in tears. As people and authorities some to their aid, the question remains, what will happen to the viral brothers? Will they be left to fend for themselves?
Days ago, a Twitter user shared the story of four brothers Faizan, Usman, Noman, and Rashid living in miserable conditions in a small room. The boys lost both their parents and share a single room living space.
“Today I witnessed how bitter life can be after I visited these four brothers whose parents have passed away. They live in one room and the oldest brother is only 14 years old. There is nobody to provide them with wages even. They cook food themselves and also clean the house themselves. They continue to face all the challenges,”
زندگی کتنی تلخ ہو سکتی ہے آج ان بچوں کے گھر جا کر معلوم ہوا یہ چار بھائی جن کے ابو اور امی فوت ہو چکے ہیں ایک کمرے کے گھر میں رہ رہے ہیں سب سے بڑا بھائی چودہ سال کا ہے
ان کو کوئی جلدی مزدوری بھی نہیں دیتا کہ بچے ہیں کھانا گھر کی صفائی بھی خود کرنی پڑتی ہے
پھر بھی مقابلہ کر رہے pic.twitter.com/NklA0375pm
— Khurram (@Khurram_zakir) March 5, 2021
The four brothers are said to be from Sheikhupura. With the eldest child being just 14-years-old, they cannot even find work legally.
— Khurram (@Khurram_zakir) March 5, 2021
The sad face Usman, a ninth-grade student sharing details of his cruel reality moved many. As their videos went viral online, many offered to help in any way they can.
They accept sadqa?? Bai r u serious ?? U can call it sadqa/zakat/khairat/fitrana Christmas present what ever you like. Haad kar di bewaqoufi ki.
To them it’s money, food, clothes Survival.
— Emad (@Emad96020064) March 5, 2021
sir ji how can i help? kuch update dain.. nana nani dadi dadi koi guardian jo inki care krta ho.. na k ghr baant rha ho..
— Zia Rehman-ضیأالرحمن (@rehman182) March 5, 2021
People even called on authorities to intervene.
bilkul hum help karna chahiain gy, @SaniaNishtar please see and kind support to this family.
— Asher (@iAsherAKhan) March 5, 2021
Bhai please share their detail with @AonAbbasPTI
— pakistan hamara (@dilbert_desi) March 5, 2021
One man stepped up to help by taking the brothers out to have fun. However, the children’s paternal uncle (chacha) who failed to look after the children earlier, reprimanded them for accepting help from ‘strangers’.
“Yesterday, a kind hearted man took these kids to a park, and the kids said that they have never had so much fun and happiness in their lives before. These kids have little joys in their lives. But they are now overwhelmed with fear by suddenly seeing DSNG vans, media, and crowd. And now their chacha (paternal uncle) uncles says that they are bringing shame by taking help from people.”
کل ایک نیک دل انسان ان بچوں کو پارک میں لے گیا اور بچوں نے کہا کہ اتنی خوشی زندگی میں کبھی نہیں ملی
ان بچوں کی ننھی ننھی خوشیاں ہیں مگر یہ یک دم میڈیا کی ڈی ایس این جی وین اور مائیک اور رش دیکھ کر گھبرا گئے ہیں
اور ان کا چچا کہا رہا ہے کہ تم لوگ امداد لے کر ہماری بدنامی کروا رہے pic.twitter.com/J4QpgPIA05
— Khurram (@Khurram_zakir) March 8, 2021
Soon enough authorities intervened, and there is hope that these children will finally escape the poverty threatening their future. Managing Director of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, Aon Abbas visited the children and a case of financial assistance has been prepared. However, MD Bait-ul-Mal tweeted that their uncle has refused the offer.
“Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal’s team arrived at the children’s home. A case of financial assistance had been prepared. An offer for children’s education was also made but their uncle has refused the offer.”
پاکستان بیت المال کی ٹیم بچوں کے گھر پہنچ چکی ہے۔مالی امداد کا کیس تیار کرلیا گیا ہے۔ بچوں کی تعلیم کے لئے بھی ہماری طرف سے پیشکش کی گئ تھی جو اُنکے چچا نے منع کردیا۔ https://t.co/l9gvIZTKLy pic.twitter.com/yxB4suLPJC
— Senator Aon Abbas Buppi (@AonAbbasPTI) March 7, 2021
That’s when the man that originally tweeted the story of the now-viral brothers, warned Aon Abbas against leaving the children in their uncle’s custody.
“Sir, please don’t leave these kids to their uncle. He abuses these kids and can never think of their welfare…”
سر ان کے چچا پر مت چھوڑیں وہ تو ان بچوں پر تشدد کرتا رہتا ہے اور وہ کبھی بھی ان کی بہتری کا نہیں سوچ سکتا اور دوسری بات ایک بچے شاہ زیب کا کیس پاکستان بیت المال نے کیا تھا اس خاندان کو ساٹھ ہزار روپیہ ایک دفعہ ملا تھا ان بچوں کا زیادہ کر دیں کہ ساٹھ ہزار بہت کم ہیں یہ چار ہیں
— Khurram (@Khurram_zakir) March 7, 2021
Other Twitter users also voiced concerns about the uncle taking advantage of the children.
Respected Sir where were their Uncle before your help State should own these kids that person will use their money no change will be there in their lives
— Hidayat Ullah (@hidayatdubal) March 7, 2021
I think unko apnay sath ly ae kunky chacha kbhi inki achi mustaqbil nhi chahega….they are not safe here.
— Laila 🇵🇰 (@LailaIkramKhan) March 7, 2021
Chacha ko itni fikar ya zimdari hoti to ye hal na hota bachon k sath plzz unki zimdari uthain or sab kuch krin unki zindage asan ho kuch
— Nadeem khokhar (Sultan) (@nnadeem771) March 7, 2021
The best-case scenario for the children right now is finding a loving home that will take them in. The orphaned children should not become just another viral story, the sadness and suffering of whom will be forgotten with time.
One Netizen is offering to take the children under their wing.
You are absolutely right. They need a protection and stability. Only good family can provide them. Very sad it’s state duty to take care of every vulnerable children in the society.
— N. (@Naz__62) March 7, 2021
Good job Aon Abbas Sahib . I saw Rubina Bashir wants to take care them . Why you don't talk with her .I think she will be do some good for them .
— Muhammad Akhtar (@Muhamma72186486) March 7, 2021