Tag: Borderfree

Ending the war inside and outside us

* 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 Ending the war inside and outside us I can see the damage that bombs and a lost refugee father has thrown on you; it was written on your chained face even as you led the bicycle freedom ride. Subconsciously, you search for love to provide a balm, but your hand or leg or back or stammering speech are often trapped in hurts, like birds with clipped wings in human-crafted cages. Like every human can be, you are a revolutionary, taking the ball in Kabul’s corrupted nights of military raids, hoping to score, or […]

Relationships can heal ‘terrorism’

* 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 Relationships can heal terrorism When, across a language barrier, Najib befriended me, I began to heal from capitalist and militarist notions that were destroying Najib’s life. He was no longer a Holly-Bollywood Pashtun ‘terrorist’ or a ‘fighting-age male’. Young people can solve their disputes better than the adults of today, if we guide them to, like peer mediator Ellis Brooks did. The inner peacemakers in us spring up spontaneously, including among the elderly in Okinawa, and the refugees in Finland, and the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, among all of us. When we […]

Relationships – reflections on refugees

Two Afghans making calls while awaiting their flights out of Afghanistan from Kabul International Airport By Dr Hakim 19th Jan 2016 As I put together this photo journal of an Iraqi father and his dear son seeking asylum in Finland, I found renewed hope in relationships. Relationships change our lives, and so, they change our world every day. As relationships are built on various aspects of love, they are powerful. If we build more and more relationships, they will be an alternative power to the abusive power of governments and corporations, and that’s when governments and corporations will become more obvious in their efforts to sabotage relationships. But, relationships are not an ‘oppositional’ power. They are invitational, and completely unarmed. Therefore, they will overcome, someday. Kathy Kelly, Cathy Breen, David Smith-Ferri, Bob Alberts ( U.S. peace activists with Voices for Creative Nonviolence ) and I visited Mohammad and Omar in […]

Boat chase on the seas of Okinawa

Boat chase on the seas of Okinawa The blue seas of Okinawa I picked some sea shells at Henoko in Okinawa. Henoko is where the U.S. is relocating their military base against the wishes of 76.1% of Okinawans. I gave the sea shells as gifts to some of the Afghan Peace Volunteers to help them remember Okinawa’s story. The sea shells “Hold the sea shells just next to your ears. It is said that you can hear the waves and the stories from the shores of Okinawa,” I began, as I recounted my witness of the nonviolent efforts of ordinary Japanese to end the more than 70 years of U.S. military bases in their midst, including of Ohata being hurt by the Japanese police when he had locked arms with other Japanese in a peaceful sit-in protest at the gates of Henoko base. The waves, the stories Kitsu, an elder […]

‘The Human’ by Mike Worsman, A Million Smiles

The Human

Meet the Singaporean doctor who travelled to Afghanistan in search of peace and happiness.

Posted by A million smiles on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Thank you Mike Worsman of A Million Smiles for listening and caring, so needed by all of us to know one another, to recognize ourselves in every face. Thank you for capturing existence, to help us say, “#Enough!”

Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire’s message for the launch of #Enough!

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FROM THE DARKNESS OF WAR, THE YOUTH OF AFGHANISTAN SHINE THE LIGHT OF PEACE! A great work to abolish war – Thanks for leading the way. The people of the world can unite their voices in saying very clearly and loudly, “No to war and the killing of our brothers and sisters.” And no to the destruction of their lands and livelihoods. We are the human family and we have one planet to live on and to share together. From where we live, we can each reject the bomb and the bullet and all the techniques of violence, respect our own lives and the lives of others, and build a world of equality, justice and peace. A non-killing, nonviolent world is possible. It starts in each of our hearts when we refuse to hate and refuse to kill. It starts when we forgive our enemies, start loving ourselves and one […]

#Enough! means Sharing

Afghan Street Kids Serve Labourers

By Dr Hakim 21st September 2015, the International Day of Peace Kabul, Afghanistan The outcome of the greed? We can face the ugly crises we have on our hands today by questioning why there’s such a huge socio-economic difference between the elite and most of us ( the so called 99% ), and an even greater difference between them and the most vulnerable people, like street kids, labourers, and people who live in war zones. Our greed has its toll. #Enough! is #Enough! is the feeling we all share. So, today, Zarghuna, 100 Borderfree Street Kids, some of whom she teaches, and the Afghan Peace Volunteers, tried to set aside those unpleasant human ways by sharing a meal with 100 Afghan labourers. Zarghuna stirring the frying pan of sliced carrots They divided the work of drawing up an invitation list of labourers, getting enough wood for the fire, sifting and […]