From Afghan Youth to Leaders of Today: Daylight is Almost Here


line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-ansi-language:EN-US”>We, the Afghan Peace Volunteers, are finding strength amidst our dark nights because, in the daylight of a global awakening, we see people throughout the world refusing to comply with oppressive systems. We see that we aren’t alone in rejecting governments and militant groups that wage wars and make deals at the expense of ordinary people.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-ansi-language:EN-US”>Daylight, in our hearts and everywhere, is laying bare the abusive, authoritarian power and wealth amassed by elitist hoarders who control governments and militaries. These elite secure the interests of the privileged and neglect the interests of commoners who need food, water, education, decent shelter and employment, and peaceful relationships.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-ansi-language:EN-US”>We regret our complicity

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-ansi-language:EN-US”>“I don’t feel like going to school as I hardly learn anything useful,” says Abdulhai, age 17. “ And even if education is just so that I can earn money in the future, it is connections and bribes that get us jobs, not what we’re qualified to do. Look at the numbers of unemployed people in the streets of Kabul!”

‘5 minutes to midnight’.

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line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-ansi-language:EN-US”>In our small ways, we’ll live as free people in the daylight

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mso-ansi-language:EN-US”>In an old world order, kings ruled over their subjects, forcing subservience. President Obama and his allies, President Putin and his allies, Al Qaeda and the Taliban with their allies, operate in the old world, and we’re certain that they are worried about the global sea of awakening that is beyond their control. Edward Snowden mso-ansi-language:EN-US”>said in a Guardian interview on 17th June, “Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.”

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many non-violent, direct actions by ordinary people all over the world, building real alternatives to our destructive socio-economic inequalities, global warming businesses and lifestyles, and wars.

wish to build a fair economy in which the basic human needs of all, and not just the 1%, are decently met. As part of this effort, we are trying to establish a viable Afghan women’s tailoring co-operative, including implementing a duvet project last winter.

tree planting and cleaning campaigns.

protest war and to reject all forms of killing and violence, and are learning ways of resolving conflicts non-violently, through global friendship, listening, and reconciliatory justice.

reach beyond false borders and boundaries and work together, building a strong 99%, to create a better world. We wish to live without wars.

Dr. Teck Young Wee, a Singaporean medical doctor, has been involved in health and development work in Afghanistan since 2004. The name he uses, Hakim, was given to him by Afghans he served in refugee camps. In the Dari language, "Hakim" means "local healer.” He now lives and works in Kabul establishing small social enterprise and is a friend-mentor of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. (ourjourneytosmile.com)