TOI||HUBBALLI: He was hopeful to find love this year and start a family soon but little did 25-year-old Syed Farooq Basha Quadri know he wouldn’t live long enough to see his wishes come true.
Farooq, from Gangavathi in Koppal, Karnataka, was gunned down by rebel fighters on February 17 in a conflict zone some 900 km from South Sudan capital of Juba when he was travelling in a car. He was working in the country as an account supervisor with a private company for the past three years.
South Sudan is caught between a border dispute with its northern neighbour Sudan, and is facing an internal power battle between President Salva Kiir and former vice president Rick Machar.
“My son had assured us he would find a girl this year and marry in 2018. He was enthusiastic about starting a family and dreamt of doing something worthwhile for the nation. We still can’t believe he’s no more,” says Farooq’s father Syed Badruddin Quadri.
Farooq was an employee of drilling firm Omaski Sai Infrastructure Co Ltd for three years.
Recalling his last visit to Gangavathi, Badruddin says, “Farooq left for South Sudan last November after spending a long holiday here. We were aware about the unrest in the country but never imagined that our own son will be a victim. He had told us he worked in safer areas.”
“I was a supervisor in a sugar factory which shut a decade ago, following which I did paddy business and also worked as personal assistant of Gangavathi MLA Iqbal Ansari. We belong to a middle-class family and our financial condition is stable. Both my sons Farooq and Sajjad, who works in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), however, did not want to spend their lives on my earnings,” says Badruddin.