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Murtaza Ahmadi sits beside his mother, Shafiqa, at his relative’s home in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP: Massoud Hossaini)
An Afghan boy who gained temporary web fame after being photographed in a shirt improvised from a plastic bag within the colors of his hero, Argentine soccer idol Lionel Messi, has been compelled to flee his dwelling after a Taliban assault.
Murtaza Ahmadi, now aged 7, grabbed world headlines two years in the past when his brother made him a shirt out of a blue and white plastic bag, with Messi’s identify and quantity 10 taking part in quantity.
His sudden fame received him a gathering with the Barcelona star however triggered issues for his household, members of the Hazara ethnic minority from Jaghori district within the central province of Ghazni.
“Murtaza grew to become well-known all over the world and we aren’t in a position to stroll free and go anyplace. Murtaza and my different kids weren’t in a position to go to highschool,” his mom Shafiqa Ahmadi stated from Kabul, the place the household is staying.
“Throughout the evening suspected males had been strolling close to our home and when the Taliban attacked our village we determined to depart.”
Photos of Murtaza Ahmadi wearing a plastic jersey honouring his idol Lionel Messi went viral. (Reuters: Omar Sobhani)
Ghazni, about two hours’ drive south of the capital Kabul, has been the scene of intense combating this yr.
The Taliban briefly overran Ghazni metropolis in August and there was heavy combating in Jaghori, forcing hundreds to flee.
“The safety scenario will not be good and I’m afraid to go exterior,” Murtaza stated.
“I wish to change into a footballer like Messi and I would like to have the ability to go to highschool.”
Messi sent Ahmadi signed shirts to play in, but the publicity meant the boy and his family later had to move to Pakistan. (AP: Rahmat Gul, file photo)