Voices visits Afghanistan, Permaculture in Kabul, The Afghan Spring
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Love & Solidarity

Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK Newsletter May 2015
Breaking Ground Breaking Chains

Above: Members of Voices UK with Kathy Kelly (right) who is currently on a mini UK speaking tour

As Taliban attacks on foreigners in Kabul have now started to increase, Voices for Creative Non-Violence are pledging to remain in solidarity with our Afghan friends, later this month Kathy Kelly and Maya Evans will be visiting Kabul to be in solidarity with the Afghan Peace Volunteers. Although Britain has declared the war with Afghanistan as officially "over", violence still grips the country, power is divided between the Taliban, corrupt war lords and remaining foreign troops and mercenaries.

Kathy and Maya will be learning more about the APV's ongoing grassroots initiatives: 

The Street Kids Project is looking to increase to take in 100 street kids, providing basic Dari literacy and numeracy lessons once a week, while subsidising each child with a sack of rice and can of oil every month, as recompense for the day's earnings that child is not bringing home to the family.

The Permaculture Project is progressing with its plot of land in Kabul, members of the APV are learning permaculture skills in order to grow food in harmony with their local environment.

The Duvet Project will be starting up again this Autumn, providing paid work for 60 unemployed illiterate local women, plus free duvets for some of the poorest in their community. 

The Border Free Peace Centre continues with its daily peace education programs which include: Global Awareness workshops, monthly skyping with international peace makers, their peace courses which includes exploring non-violence, conflict resolution, bridging ethnic divisions and environmental activism.

The Afghan Peace Volunteers are largely made up of teenagers living in Kabul who want to resolve the problems of their country through non-violent grassroots actions. There are roughly 40 members currently in the group.

As always, Voices for Creative Non-Violence are proud to give them love & solidarity with their Border Free message we all live under the same blue sky.
Breaking Ground: Watch the latest APV video about their permaculture project 

Breaking Chains: Ann Jones, Author of Kabul in Winter, writes from Kabul on the inkling of what she describes as an "Afghan Spring":

The murder of Farkhunda suddenly opened their eyes.  Afghan and foreign commentators who sought to explain the public outcry that followed her death often claimed that a nation already traumatized and deeply depressed by never-ending wars had been retraumatized by the crime. But trauma commonly shuts down the sufferer, numbing the emotions and blunting the compassion that binds us to others.  The murder of Farkhunda did just the opposite.  People said it cut them like a knife.  It made them feel again. Men described their hearts as “bleeding.”  Women spoke of being “emptied” of tears.  They wept for Farkhunda -- and for themselves. Read more.

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