Father To 54 Children, This Is How He Does It
- Published on Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:15
This ought to be in the Guinness World Records given the amount of effort it takes to care for such a big family.
In the heart of Islamabad, a 70-year-old lorry driver claims to have 54 children after 6 marriages!
However, as the phrase “you win some, you lose some” goes, Abdul Majeed Mengal from Nuski, Quetta, the south of Pakistan said that now, he only has 22 sons and 20 daughters as 12 of his children has passed away.
“I work really hard to provide for them an education, especially to my elder sons. But now I am too old and incapable of working as hard as I used to,” he says.
He further explains how he married his first wife at the age of 18 and since then, had married five other women. Unfortunately, two of his wives had passed away.
“My children died due to neglect from lack of money and malnutrition, as he could not afford to buy milk for them.
“A wife of mine had also passed away along with my children,” he said.
As a lorry driver, he can only earn up to RM631 to RM1,051 monthly based on the work load.
His oldest son, ABdul Bari Mengal, is currently 32-years-old and is following his footsteps as a lorry driver to help support the family.
This ‘Brady Bunch’ lives a house which has seven rooms and each room is occupied by a wife and their children.
Most of his children are below 10-years-old and the youngest child is his daughter, Bibi Zainab, who is only 2-years-old.
“Normally, we only eat rice, dalca, vegetables and up to 100 pieces bread.
That is sufficient for us.
“As for celebrations like Aidilfitri, I will buy three goats to ensure we get to eat well,” said the father of 54 children, adding that nonetheless, they still live in harmony under a single roof.
Even though a big family makes a happy home, Abdul Majeed admits he still can’t afford 10 of his children’s education as he can’t work as much as he used to.
With the economy in Islamabad deteriorating, his older sons too are finding it difficult to attain a job.
For now, Abdul Majeed prays the odds would eventually be in their favour.
From recent media reports, Pakistan’s population currently stands at 194.9 million with one of the highest birth rates in South Asia.