June 8, 2011
Gandhi had said, ‘Proneness to exaggerate, to suppress or modify the truth, wittingly or unwittingly, is a natural weakness of man and silence is necessary in order to surmount it.”
Many apologies to you for our recent ‘silence’.
Much has happened in the past 6 months, against the background of uncertainties both in our individual circumstances and across Afghanistan.
Abdulai – took and failed a placement test at the International School in Kabul, but will try again next year
Ali – working hard to collect firewood from the mountains for his household. In his wonderful exuberance, he thinks that if there were 50 AYPVs instead of our regular 10, we can end corruption in 5 months! J
Zekerullah – after finishing his 2nd grade last year during which he focussed on learning to read and write, he has returned to his original 7th grade class
Ghulamai – working at a ‘burger outlet’ with Khamad for half a day, and schooling the other half
Faiz – in his 12th grade this year, at the end of which he would be sitting for his college entrance exams, hoping eventually to be a journalist
Mohammad Jan – 1st year college at the Institute of Kabul in the Department of Electricity
Lala – working on his farm-land, and at the construction of a small potato chips ‘cottage’
Khamad – had to repeat his 10th grade because of his school teacher’s administrative mistake L, working with Lala on the construction of a small potato chips ‘cottage’ and running a burger outlet in Bamiyan city
Parwin – doing well in her studies in the 8th grade
Nasrin – 19 year old homemaker who married 2 years ago
Karima – in the 11th grade
Zerghuna – started her 1st year at Bamiyan’s Teacher’s Training College
Our volunteer-friends in Kabul
Zahra – running Open Society Organisation in Kabul, involved in many film projects
Basir Seerat – just left for France on a film-making project
Asif Talash – daily work at 3rd eye as a photo-journalist
Mirwais – working and studying at a private university in Kabul
Najib Ekhloqi – journalist and manager of a local television station
Afghan youth of today feel dis-empowered by their appropriate distrust of local and foreign politics which is impoverishing and tearing their society apart.
They are discouraged.
If possible, the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers hope to clearly describe to the world the wishes of ordinary youth in Afghanistan by conducting a small survey (it is estimated that 68% of the Afghan population are below 25 years of age).
In the pressing light of what is happening not only across the Middle East and Africa, but also in Mexico, Spain and other countries, we are exploring the possibility of a ‘Y Not’ movement to build solidarity and converse about the values the youth of today’s world want, to stand together as the ‘Y Not Generation’.
Wearing blue scarves, we hope to ‘silently’ and resolutely raise questions pertinent to our situations, questions like ‘Y Not listen rather than kill?’
We ask to struggle in solidarity with you.
Thank you all for your constant hand of support and friendship.
Sincerely with love,
Hakim, and the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers