Tag: Afghanistan Abolish War Campaign

How many global crises can a 15 year old Afghan take on, including the water crisis?

By Dr Hakim 17th Feb 2016 How many global crises can a 15 year old Afghan boy take on? Zuhair On 31st Jan, I followed Zekerullah, an Afghan Peace Volunteer who coordinates the Borderfree Street Kids School in Kabul, to visit Zuhair and his family in their rented room. Zuhair attends the School on Fridays with 92 other working and street kids, a minuscule number in the context of 6 million working children in Afghanistan. My heart squirmed at the unequal math of today’s economics. In any world, children should have access to water, but in an internationally supported, ‘most-drone-attacked’ and ‘democratic’ Afghanistan, Zuhair is one person among 73% of the Afghan population who do not have access to clean, potable water. Partly, Afghanistan and the world’s drinking water is drying up. And contaminated. A recent analysis estimates that 4 billion people, two thirds of the world’s population, are affected […]

War and Love Letters from Dr Adele Kubein to the Afghan Peace Volunteers

Dr Adele Kubein works at Oregon State University in Corvallis, USA and in the letters below over the past three years, she becomes vulnerable with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, expressing her love with tears.   Dr Adele Kubein, in the terminal stages of lung cancer, wearing the Borderfree Blue Scarf, with #Enough! and peace written on her palm. From the Afghan Peace Volunteers, “Thank you, Dr Adele!”   Letter on 11th October, 2012 I hope others are listening. It is so hard for Americans to care in the midst of such plenty. Many of us think of you and cry for you, but not only tears we shed, we cry out for you as well. Letter on 1st May, 2013 As always, I cry when I see the faces of the youth around you. I have written you before. I am the mother of a woman-soldier who was […]

#Enough! We can respond to the tears of Kunduz refugee, Abdul Fatah

12th October 2015 By Dr Hakim We live in a World at War, and as fellow human beings, what can we do for refugees like 45-year-old Abdul Fatah, who has been crying lately, who doesn’t have a home in his own home? World at War is the title of a report UNHCR released in June 2015, in which António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, describes the refugee crises in Europe and worldwide as “an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before.” But for those of us who are distant from War and not ‘in the same boat’, being part of the ‘response required’ seems just as ‘out-of-reach’. So, please follow this story for a while. Ali, one of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, is 17 years old. On October […]

Borderfree Afghan Street Kids support Doctors Without Borders Kunduz : Save Children from War!

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11th October 2015 By Dr Hakim I felt empty when I heard that to the north of where I work in Kabul, bombs were dropped on a ‘Doctors Without Borders’ Hospital in #Kunduz, for a full hour. 12 hospital staff and 10 patients were killed, three of them Afghan children. 33 persons are still missing. Borderfree Afghan Street Kids say that the three Afghan children shouldn’t have been killed by a U.S. airstrike on a Doctor Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. I wondered if it was mainly medical personnel like myself who felt sad. So, together with Ali, an Afghan Peace Volunteer, I asked the Borderfree Afghan Street Kids, whom I’ve known for a year now, how they felt. I wanted to make better sense of my emptiness. After filming the spontaneous answers of the street kids, I wanted the world to hear what they said, and to struggle […]

#Enough! Afghan Street Kids want a good education!

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#Enough! Afghan Street Kids want a good education! 7th October, 2015 By Dr Hakim On the 2nd of October, 2015, about 60 Afghan street kids told their 12 Afghan Peace Volunteer teachers that they loved them! Afghan schools celebrated Teacher’s Day three days later, but it was Friday, and the International day of Nonviolence too, so at the Borderfree Nonviolence Centre, the volunteer teachers and their street kid students took the opportunity to have fun, to enjoy each other’s company, and to learn again that they’ve had #Enough! of the same, bad education. Sakina, about 10 years old, stood up confidently, read a poem and said, “Malalai Yousafzai shared that ‘if there’s no war for 8 days, we can have a good education for 12 years’. Sakina was not only quoting a Nobel Laureate, or not only speaking for herself. She was speaking for the children of the world!   […]

About Kunduz bombings, Dr Gino Strada said, “The only solution is to understand that war and violence take you nowhere.”

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  “War can only be abolished, cannot be humanized.” Dr Gino Strada, co-founder of Emergency & winner of the Right Livelihood Award. Dr Gino Strada, Photo from Pinterest   Transcripts as printed from Democracy Now and Truth Out : While many Americans believe that the war in Afghanistan is winding down, peace activists and medical aid workers tell a different story. “That really shows how mainstream media has failed to tell the truth to the world,” says Dr. Hakim, a medical doctor who has provided humanitarian relief in Afghanistan for the last decade. “The war is going on. It is deteriorating. Both the International Red Cross and the United Nations have reported an increase in civilian deaths over the past few years. So it is getting worse. It is definitely not scaling down. And I think Americans need to know that their taxpayer money is going to a war that […]

#Enough! Inviting you to see Afghans differently

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After 14 long years of assuming that the war in Afghanistan is necessary, each day for the *next five short days, we offer you five tiny video snippets which invite you to see Afghans differently. To the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, acquiring new insights is essential, if we are all to survive the growing, multidirectional violence, from the Taliban on the ground or from U.S./NATO airstrikes like the fatal airstrike on the MSF ( Doctors Without Borders ) Hospital in Kunduz. Please share these video clips with your friends. Tell them not to fear what they’ll see and hear. It is our hope that the images and sounds will humanize all of us, and help us to feel again. *from the 3rd till the 7th of October, the ‘anniversary’ of the beginning of the U.S./NATO military presence in Afghanistan.   3rd October 2015   4th October 2015 #Enough! In […]

100 #Enough!s in Afghanistan, Australia and…

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100 Afghan Street Kids shared a meal with 100 Afghan labourers to launch #Enough! on 21st Sept, the International Day of Peace   #Enough! was launched at a celebratory event in Kabul, Afghanistan, on the 21st of September 2015, the International Day of Peace. It was appropriate that an effort to abolish war was launched from one of the global centres of war. At one point in the Afghan war, 50 countries were involved in the U.S./NATO coalition. After 14 years, the war is still ongoing and turning worse. At the launch event in Kabul, the Afghan Peace Volunteers worked with 100 Borderfree Afghan Street Kids to cook and serve a meal to 100 Afghan labourers. This demonstrated a divestment of our energies and money away from war-making to meeting the basic needs of fellow human beings. Following the launch, the Afghan Peace Volunteers are continuing their long-term work of […]

Afghan Street Kids say #Enough! War

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Habib, Rahul, Amirullah, Maryam, Khairullah, Beynazir, Ibrahim, Kamila, Muqadisa, Sakina, Shanmu, Zarin, Gulsom, Harun, Mustafa, Zahra, Suhrab, Sumaya, Asma, Mehdi, Kahar, Poyinda, Inayatullah, Samiullah, Inam, and Fatima say “Jang bas ast! #Enough! of war!” Sign ‘The People’s Agreement to Abolish War’ at http://enough.ourjourneytosmile.com www.facebook.com/wesayenough https://twitter.com/we_say_enough