Tag: Afghan Economy

Afghan friends: For a moment, I didn’t know what to wish for you

Afghan friends: For a moment, I didn’t know what to wish for you   Mahdi drew what he wanted to become: a doctor – white coat, blue tie   In 2015, Mursal drew and wrote: I want a School of Nonviolence Ibrahim ( extreme left ) said #Enough! War, along with other Afghan street kids Mahdi and Mursal, today, when I heard the blast of another suicide bombing in Kabul, I didn’t know what to wish for you. I was irritated, rather, my thoughts scattered in multiple fragments, because, not only did I need to know that you were safe, it hurt me to think of how the sensational images will traumatize you, again. Mahdi was back polishing boots last summer, together with his cousin, Ismael   With another street kid, Nisar, Mahdi volunteered to water trees at Kabul Peace Garden   He also helped out in the winter duvet […]

Another hard reality about Afghan duvets

* A Different Afghan Winter Photo Essay Series Green Permaculture: Being Vulnerable with one another and with the Earth’s Feelings Bamiyan Peace Park: Even the Stones will Speak Equal Genderless Bikes in Afghanistan Afghan Street Kid Mehdi’s Disappearing Dream Another hard reality about Afghan duvets Nonviolent Relationships can heal ‘terrorism’ Ending the war inside and outside us Another hard reality about Afghan duvets “Ali, Abid, Omid, Zarghuna, Zohra, Barat…. be kind to us, give us some duvets…” ranted the many Afghan women, again and again, I saw your kindness as you carefully weighed the duvet material,  spoke softly to each lady, and handed out the duvets for free. You try to explain the realities, while the crowds cope with their reality: desperation, and the women scramble for their children to keep warm. So, you remain strong when you’re out there, though sometimes, like the mothers, you’re crumbling inside. You organize […]

Afghan Street Kid Mehdi’s Disappearing Dream

* A Different Afghan Winter Photo Essay Series Green Permaculture: Being Vulnerable with one another and with the Earth’s Feelings Bamiyan Peace Park: Even the Stones will Speak Equal Genderless Bikes in Afghanistan Afghan Street Kid Mehdi’s Disappearing Dream Another hard reality about Afghan duvets Nonviolent Relationships can heal ‘terrorism’ Ending the war inside and outside us Afghan Street Kid Mehdi’s Disappearing Dream We’re angry for you because we love you and your dream of becoming a doctor. You have your rightful doubts and fatigue, and you remember shaving the snow shovels for a Kabul winter that never snowed on our spinning and warming earth. You must feel alone sometimes in your family’s spartan room, whose rent you just couldn’t pay. Far less could you feed your niece with the bag of rice provided by the Borderfree Street Kids School. Believe me, your volunteer teachers are really trying to find […]