Recent reports from Afghanistan/ Afghan Youth Speak about their Emotions/ Guantanamo solidarity
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Pandora's Hope meets Afghan Action

by Mary Dobbing
Afghan Action’s seamstresses are forming themselves into a cooperative and are starting to get contracts to make uniforms. The meeting was to explore whether they and Pandora’s Hope could collaborate in any way.
read morehttp://vcnvuk.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/pandoras-hope-meets-afghan-action/ 

Emotions from Kabul

“I can’t quite bear to see the forever-sorrow in my mother. She walks in a sad way.”  Abdulhai

“The doves are beautiful.” Samia

“Part of the loss of human dignity experienced by Afghans is the feeling that no one notices.” Hakim

Read the whole letter at : http://ourjourneytosmile.com/blog/2013/05/love-letters-from-kabul-on-emotions/

Watch the video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcQ8prnX-zs&feature=youtu.be

Guantanamo Solidarity

VCNV Member Maya Evans Fasts in Solidarity with Guantanamo Hunger Strikers: Friday 17th May marked the 100th day Guantanamo detainees have been on hunger strike. Internationally their was a weekend of solidarity as movements joined together to demand justice for prisoners. 
See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AONNMwej8Yk
Read Weekend Round Up: http://londonguantanamocampaign.blogspot.co.uk/
Maya Evans interview: http://www.redpepper.org.uk/fasting-to-support-guantanamo-bay-hunger-strikers/

Report from VCNV US in Kabul

Afghan Voices Tell the Tales Human Lives Cut Short by US War

by Kathy Kelly

Published Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Common Dreams

It’s one thing to chronicle sparse details about these U.S. led NATO attacks. It’s quite another to sit across from Afghan men as they try, having broken down in tears, to regain sufficient composure to finish telling us their stories.  Last night, at a restaurant in Kabul, I and two friends from the Afghan Peace Volunteers met with five Pashtun men from Afghanistan’s northern and eastern provinces. The men had agreed to tell us about their experiences living in areas affected by regular drone attacks, aerial bombings and night raids.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/21-6
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