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At least 13 Afghan civilians killed, including Hashim (8) and Zukoom (9)

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Image by Canada in Afghanistan / Canada en Afghanistan via Flickr

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Our Journey To Smile on Dec 1, 2013

On the 16th of November, 2013, eight-year-old Hashim s/o Abdul Hamid and nine-year-old Zukoom s/o Abdul Majid were on the streets of Kabul polishing boots when a suicide bombing ( in opposition to the U.S./Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement ) killed them.

Johnny Barber, a peace activist from New York, and Ronya, an independent, freelance journalist from Germany, accompanied the Afghan Peace Volunteers to Hashim’s and Zukoom’s funeral in an Internally Displaced Persons ( IDP ) camp two days later. We had a conversation with Hashim and Zukoom’s classmates, Kahar and Naseem. Hazrat and Gul Jumma were quietly listening.

The daily struggles of ordinary people against elite-driven injustices hovered in the mud-walled room, like a scent.

I was swept up by voices both personal and familial.

War had not become less cruel with time.

Afghans, like Syrians and many others since time immemorial, are smothered in the cross-fire among the Powers, in declarations and Agreements for more war.

Media reported that ‘at least 13 people were killed’, but as Kahar and Nazeem remembered Hashim and Zukoom, these news flashes lost their de-humanizing hold, and the 13 became the two, and the two became us.


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  1. […] At least 13 Afghan civilians killed, including Hashim (8) and Zukoom (9) […]

  2. […] At least 13 Afghan civilians killed, including Hashim (8) and Zukoom (9) […]

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  5. The tragedy of precious lives gratuitously and randomly destroyed, is so immense as to be beyond ordinary comprehension. It should be taken to heart, so as to deeply inform our political consciousness, since we are all implicated by default.

    Imperialistic and corporate-driven “foreign adventures” undertaken by alien governments, illustrate just how easy it is to interfere with traditional societies, tribes and communities, but how extremely difficult it is to really “improve” their lot.

    Peoples across countless generations, living in very humble circumstances, create great beauty in their modest lives, then along come the “improvers” who invariably wreck more than they contribute to the qualitative ethos of such proud peoples’ localized existence.

    One of the most illuminating examples of this erosion of indigenous self-determination by invasive “cultures,” was Helena Norbert-Hodge’s justly celebrated (1991) classic account of Ladakh.

    This film (from 1993) was based on her book https://vimeo.com/21643212

    Personally, I think it summarizes perfectly the moral dilemmas and inherent contradictions of advanced “development” imposed by outsiders serving ruthless and destructive interests; such “progress” is no more than just a thin veneer, disguising the real agendas of resource extraction and material exploitation.

    Almost all of recorded history is but a tortuous litany of such pathological abuse.

    And, to what end? should we not therefore challenge, interrogate, proactively indict and finally, amend, all such allegedly “rational” instrumental means?

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