‘Conflict claimed my father, brother lives, but still I want to live in peace’

Create: 05/17/2020 - 19:46

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Nine-years-old Barakatullah lost his father and brother in a blast inside a mosque in eastern Nangarhar province, but he is still hopeful for peace in the country and dreams a peaceful life with his mother, two brothers and three sisters.

He hails from Nangarhar’sHaska Mena Jawdari locality and studies in a welfare religious school in Behsud district, tens of kilometres away from his home, mother and sisters in the search of a bright future.

‘Peace is to me what water is to a fasting person’

Create: 05/06/2020 - 18:29

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Mullah Naik Mohammad, who has devoted most of his life to the cause of peace, believes the goal can be achieved only when all people say no to war.

The 60-year-old member of the Public Peace Movement hails from the Daman district of Kandahar province. He has been participating actively in peace campaigns, gatherings and civil movements.

War-weary shepherd Gul yearning for peace

Create: 04/26/2020 - 12:50

KABUL (Pajhwok): Leaning against a rock at the foot of a hill, grazing his cattle and warbling peace poems, a war-weary herdsman hums: “Let’s stop talking of guns, bullets and destruction of our conflict-torn country.”

On the lush-green slopes of the mountain, the shepherd's song for peace adds to the beauty of the incoming spring season. His song gently mingles with the soft breeze moving across the idyllic setting.

Dawn of peace to bring prosperity: Bamyan singer

Create: 04/19/2020 - 13:39

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): An upcoming folk songster from central Bamyan province, singing peace poems, is optimistic of an end to the ongoing war in the country. She plans composing a special song dedicated to peace.

Nasima Omaid, who is also a theatre artiste, says she has been doing her bit to bring pleasure to her conflict-stricken compatriots through performing arts. The Afghans, she notes, have suffered a lot due to war.

131-year-old hankering for peace in his lifetime

Create: 04/12/2020 - 12:21

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): A 131-year-old man from western Farah province has been fasting for years for the sake of durable peace in the country.

While raised his weak hands, the man prays to Almighty Allah for peace. “Oh God, prolongs my life until I see lasting peace in my homeland.”

Syed Abdul Qadir, who says he is 131 years old, is a resident of the Barinkot village of Pushtrod district. 

Elderly war widow pins hope on peace

Create: 04/05/2020 - 12:26

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): A 70-year-old woman, who has lost her husband and three sons to the ongoing conflict, hopes for peace.

A resident of central Uruzgan province, she believes the establishment of durable peace would have a positive impact on the lives of her orphaned grandchildren. 

Maryam, not her real name, said her husband was killed in the early years of the conflict. Following the deaths of her three sons in recent years, responsibility for looking after four widows and 25 orphans has fallen her shoulders.

May the peace buds blossom, prays Laila

Create: 03/22/2020 - 18:15

KABUL (Pajhwok): Laila was alone in her room, mixing colors to make painting that depict the long wish of her country’s people “peace” and give a message to protect the buds of peace from the danger of war and warmongers.

Laila Salehi, a graduate of literacy, lives with her father, sister, a brother and sister-in-law in Qala-i-Zaman Khan area of capital Kabul.

Peace to stop insecurity, unleash prosperity: Harif

Create: 03/15/2020 - 18:45

KABUL (Pajhwok): A businessman whose one son was killed another kidnapped, tortured and freed after payment of ransom money continues to invest in the hope that one day durable peace would be established in the country.

Abdul Jalil Harif, head of the business and construction companies “Harif Limited Services” also serves as deputy head of Kabul Chamber of Commerce.

He is among several other Afghans whose lives were affected by insecurity but they still dream for lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan.

12-year-old Zia feeds a family of 30 in Ghor

Create: 03/07/2020 - 17:25

FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Twelve years old Ahmad Zia daily takes drinking water on his four donkeys to a security base in western Ghor province to feed 30 people in his family after losing his father and three uncles in the conflict.

A resident of Qatas village near Firozkoh, the provincial, Ahmad Zia supports his mother, grandmother, widowed wives of his three uncles, their children, his own brothers and sisters in a house with mostly primary living tools.

Kandahar Peace Library spreading peaceful mindset

Create: 02/26/2020 - 17:00

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Hikmatullah Ihsan, who daily visits the Peace Library in Kandahar City, the capital of southern Kandahar province, says every individual should raise voice for peace so this dream comes true.

The library is established by some civil society activists. Besides studying different books in the library, Ihsan discusses peace related issues with friends and exchange their views.