The cry for peace in Afghanistan

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By: Hayatullah Amiree

I think the topic speaks for itself. The prevailing conditions/circumstances clearly indicate that how much are we in favor of peace in our country. Let it be the frightening terrorist attacks or the lethal military forces of the super powers of the worlds, the only message that is being carried through such acts, is the thirst for peace.

Everyone in this country is afraid of losing their lives, they cannot send their children to school because they have no idea either their children will return safe and sound or not. The fear of terrorist attacks made enough places in people’s hearts due to which they cannot allow their loved ones to go out for any particular piece of work because they don’t know about their return back home.

My heart really cries when:

When I observe bloodshed

When I find homeless people

When I observe poverty

When I see students having cigarette on their hands instead of books and pen

When I observe unemployment

When I see irresponsible people

We always think and say that what this country has given rather thinking what we have given to our beloved country – Afghanistan? We may not even know the actual meaning of Afghanistan- the land of bravery but alas we are not brave enough to protect the land from poverty, unemployment, irresponsibility and other incidents that cause the country towards poverty, bloodshed and a destructive future.

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Afghanistan After 2014

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By: Hayatullah Amiree

The question is being discussed all around the country, in fact all around the world. What will happen to Afghanistan in 2014 or after that? A question that is clicking in everyone’s head and curious to know what will happen to Afghanistan after 2014 exactly the way people were curious about the prediction that the World will end in 2012. There are families who are trying to move out of country before 2014 and the same way the young minds are moving as well.

It’s been 6 months and 4 days that I have been living here in Kabul, Afghanistan and in every political discussions I hear nothing but 2014. I had a debate about 2014 with one of my colleagues at office. He said, explaining his financial status and his desire to study further, “I just want to move out of this country. I am a poor man with ambitions and desires and unfortunately if anything happens to Afghanistan or if once again Taliban attacks the country, these VIPs with lots of money in their pockets can move anywhere they want to because they have their houses and businesses out there and the only people who will suffer will be us, who has nothing but desires to have a better life and who hardly earn bread for the family to let both ends meet and this time I do not want my family to suffer again”. I couldn’t then argue because I am also one of the people like him who have desires, ambitions and a HOPE.

According to news websites and channels, the international Security Assistance Force (ISAAF) troops, including the Australian contingent will withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014. Everyone is worried about the withdrawal and the question. United States force’s purpose was to end war and bring peace and stability, but due to Taliban’s continues attacks on Afghanistan’s different provinces and US Troops, America has lost its hundreds of men-Army while fighting against Taliban. We are stilling loosing innocent lives in Afghanistan, children can not freely go to schools, families are afraid of losing their loved ones. It’s a land full of fear!

On the other hand, according to United States of America’s President-Barack Obama, 2014 will be a year the afghan war will be “OVER”. Will the war be over by 2014?? It is and it will always be a question for all the Afghans.

As far as my personal views are concerned, by 2014 Afghanistan would only face economic and political crisis. We are not going to suffer the war again but things will be quite different. We are going to face problems like education and unemployment. Some business tycoons and social workers are very much optimistic for Afghanistan’s future and they have invested millions of Dollars and worked hard for betterment and stability in Afghanistan so that we don’t face economic and social crisis after 2014-withdrawl of US troops and services.

Afghanistan has quite made enough forces to defend its people and assure security. We have nearly 300,000 National Army and National Police officers.

Chief Warrant Officer Klaus Augustinus is a Danish mentor/advisor to the ANA and is now on his third tour in Afghanistan. He openly admits that he was unimpressed with the ANA in the past, but now he feels they are making real progress. However, he says, it is the insistence on viewing the ANA through the prism of a western army that leads to many problems.

“Always keep in mind that the Afghan way is the right way,” Klaus says. “We’re not going to do it any faster than they can cope with it. Otherwise we’re going to lose.”

And therefore I believe that Afghanistan after 2014 will be as it is but with new challenges.

Long Live Afghanistan!

 

Breakfast with some Afghan kids having million dollars worth smile

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The morning began normally; I got ready go to an elimination of violence against women based conference with minster of Afghan culture and information. I along one of a kind friend of my mine was on the way when we got the call that the conference is postponed till 2:00 pm. It was good news for both of us because we had a break, now you must be curious about the happenings during the break time like I was.

We decided to go to a coffee shop because we didn’t have our breakfast and we were damn hungry too. My friend was entering in to that shop when I realized that I need a change of 5$ because that was all I had in my pocket. I exchanged that 5 $ into 250 AFS and came back to the shop, we were having our tea when I got the glance of two boys named as MEHR ALI and JAN ALI. Their way of eating KALA PAICHA (an afghan traditional food for breakfast), way of dressing, smiling to each other and curiously looking at us were totally fascinating and that really compelled me to go to them and have the breakfast together and more importantly because they were one of us and part of the route for Afghanistan’s future.

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After a warm greeting, those boys offered my friend as well to join for breakfast, though those boys are not educated but mature enough to understand how to behave with strangers and elders and that is our culture value. After having some words together, we asked the boys for an interview and fortunately they agreed. Their names were MEHR ALI and JAN ALI. Mehr Ali is in class 4 and jan ali is in class 3. They polish shoes to earn bread for the family and let both ends meet so that they don’t have to beg for anything. They pull out all the stops to cope up with both studies and financial crises, they earn 150 AFS each on daily basis and their fathers are labors with a daily income of 300 AFS each and there are moments for them when the whole day, they don’t even earn a single penny for bread. We always think of change, peace in our country. Different topics might have been discussed to implement for the betterment of Afghanistan but I think child labor should be the only topic to be discussed because children (upcoming generation) are the route for Afghanistan’s future and till we don’t educate our route, the future can never be as we desire to have. When we rose a question about their future career that what they wanted to be in future, it really made me feel bad because for once they had nothing to say but compulsion. They can only think about their presents adding as if their futures have been lost somewhere in darkness. After a little bit force Jan Ali shared that he wants to become a Doctor so that he can help his country and be a part of change.

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Having a nice conversation with those energetic boys having million dollars worth smile really made my day and I wish they have a bright future and their dreams become true.

 

Long live Afghanistan!!

 

A CHANGE THAT HAS TO COME

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By: Hayatullah Amiree

Over the decades of war, women who have been the victim of discrimination and domination because of contrasting perceptions that people associate with. It’s high time for all the victims – the innocent civilians – to defend their rights. Say no to discrimination and domination. Say NO to getting bullied.

As far as my experience of debating with w…omen are concerned, the majority accuse men of the land – AFGHANISTAN – to be the cause of creating violence to them and dominating them. Simply feels like they literally hate all men and whenever I put forward my opinion with a different perception, I receive a reaction as if I was one of those “men.” I believe that all the men who were or are the reason for creating violence and domination are just because of the organizations or societies that lead them towards misconception of dealing with their ego and ideologies of life – a path that we always speak of is required from these men to get to the right path just like our parents have always advised us all to follow.

Let me add an example of a girl who was born into a prostitute family and was told or taught to do all those acts, believing that those acts are right to do! Now, what is the fault of that innocent girl who is taught that prostitution is the right way of her life? What is the fault of the girl, who we – our society calls a WHORE? Is it the girl who should be blamed and stopped or the one – organization – authorized person who has financed them for such a business…

Instead of being judgmental we should get to know the root of the problem in order to bring change and the only way we can bring is to change people’s understanding regarding the principles of life.

Yes, I believe that the majority of the populations who suffered the pain during the war in AFGHANISTAN and even to this day are WOMEN! However, there are two types of men in our society… the one who has suffered the pain of losing his wife, sons and daughters and the other who has made other people suffer just because of their hypocrite minds. My friend – Fariha Faqiri, labels those men as “greedy for money, power and fame.” With a visionary mind, she once added in a conversation with me that …

– “We must understand that the world is full of people that are greedy for money, power and fame. I don’t blame them either. But, when we have control of tomorrow, when in today’s society and world we have access to so many resources and we have knowledge of what is going on in the world it becomes our duty to get up and fight for truth and justice. I, since I was 11 have been in love with my country, with my Watan, with my culture, tradition and people. Nothing in this world, no one can degrade Afghanistan or Afghans in my site because I love it with my heart, because I accept and see the good within the bad.”

I must say my friend that youth like you with the same love and patriotism could bring a great revolution. Proud to have such Afghans!

We must find peace, tranquility, happiness, unity, love and good qualities within our own lives, within our own innermost hearts. Only a person who does, than can understand the difficulties; the pain and the misery of others. A man of wisdom will know this, understand this, and rectify his own mistakes, and then he can help others.

Long Live Afghanistan!