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Sharjeel Khan

Player Number 6

Location: Muzaffarnagar, UP

Pay close attention to the rules and conditions mentioned below, it is crucial that you play your turn accordingly. Do not reveal or mention these rules to the other players.

  • During your turn, all three dice are rolled once by the facilitator.

  • You will move forward the second highest number rolled. For example, if you get 4, 3, 6 - you will move forward 4 tiles.

 

Who is Sharjeel?

I am a 15 year old boy with an amputated leg. My father is a tailor and my mother is a housewife. We live in Aman Colony, at the site of the old Idagh relief camp near Kandhla village, where our family moved after our home was destroyed in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar–Shamli communal violence. We used to have a fridge and a bathroom in our Muzaffarnagar home. I used to go to a good school. I loved it there. 

 

It is horrible here. We don’t have any tap in our room in the camp. There is just one hand pump for about 100 families in the Colony, and queues for water are often broken by people muscling their way through the crowd. The hand pump was set up by some local goons who tap into the free municipal water lines, but charge the residents for the water. There are no electricity or sanitation facilities. I attend a madrassa, but frankly, my heart isn’t in my studies. I spend most of my time remembering how good our Muzaffarnagar days were when I loved going to school and playing happily with my younger brother, Jamal. Jamal died a year after we moved here due to a severe attack of diarrhoea. Since then, my mother has tried her best to save money for buying candle filters. The settlement is very open, and the nearest fields are 3km away. We still use the fields every morning. There are some public toilets on the way, as we walk through the town. However, we rarely use them since they are in a Hindu area and that makes my mother feel insecure.

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