Kite Flying Weekend of Solidarity/ 3rd UK Peace Delegation to Afghanistan Get Ready to Depart
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Fly Kites Not Drones

FLY KITES NOT DRONES Weekend of Action 21st- 23rd March 2014

 

In conjunction with the Islamic New Year on the 21st March Voices for Creative Non-Violence is holding a weekend of solidarity with Afghans who will be facing uncertainty and the possibly of an escalation in conflict during the renegotiation of the international presence within Afghanistan. 

 

Kite flying has become synonymous with Afghanistan as a well loved pursuit which was banned under the Taliban, now Afghans are more used to the presence of UK armed and surveilance drones flying overhead.

 

We are encouraging peace groups, Afghans in the UK and the Muslim community to fly kites in solidarity with Afghans who now have to live under the mental pressure and physical destruction which British drones (currently operated from RAF Waddington, Lincoln) now reap upon Afghanistan. 

 

Non-violent youth peace group, the Afghan Peace Volunteers, currently based in Kabul, will be taking part in the international action of solidarity, see their video of kite flying: 
 

www.ourjourneytosmile.com/blog/2010/01/gaza-freedom-march-in-afghanistan-love-is-how-the-kites-in-gaza-afghanistan-and-the-world-will-fly/

 

Also see their short video on drones: www.ourjourneytosmile.com/blog/2013/01/afghan-peace-volunteer-says-drones-bury-beautiful-lives/

 

THINGS YOU CAN TAKE PART IN

 

1) FLY A KITE in your area Friday 21st- Sunday 23rd March

Take a photo and send us a mini report of your action. Make signs saying "In solidarity with peace for Afghans", "Fly Kites Not Drones" etc and give out leaflets.
 

VCNV UK will be returning from it's third peace delegation to Kabul with a number of Afghan kites which you can order from us

 

2) DRONE WATCH WADDINGTON 1 to 3pm, 21st March 

Bring a kite, banners and another other resources. The watch will be at the main gate on the A607- down a track off to the left before you reach the village of Waddington, coming from Bracebridge Heath. The  no. I bus to Grantham via Waddington leaves from near Lincoln train station at 12.35 and returns again at 14.58
 

There will also be a live Skype link up with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul

Contact Penny: pennywalker@riseup.net

 

3) FLY KITES NOT DRONES Saturday 22nd March 2pm LONDON
(location TBC)

 

Join a mass kite flying theatrical event in central London led by the feminist protest group 'The Activettes' who will be making props and costumes for a flamboyant daring and never forgotten action!

 

4) GLOBAL DAYS OF LISTENING Skype the Afghan Peace Volunteers on the 21st March, share messages of solidarity and peace, an activity especially suited for young people and groups.
 

Global Days of Listening www.globaldaysoflistening.org

 

ORDER leaflets & your genuine Afghan Kite or for further info
CONTACT: kitesnotdrones@gmail.com

See: www.vcnvuk.wordpress.com

VCNV UK 2013 Delegation

VCNV UK 2013 Peace Delegation Get Ready to Depart!

The 3rd UK peace delegation are getting ready to depart for Kabul where they will work and stay with the Afghan Peace Volunteers.

The delegates are Maya Evans, Janey Moffatt and Beth Tichborne.

Projects include:

Afghanistan: A Difficult Birth
A short documentary looking at the pregnant women in Afghanistan who are set to give birth in the "new Afghanistan" of 2014; looking at the conditions of pregnant women where 1/11 die in child birth.
The documentary will be released on the 8th March 2014 and VCNV speakers will be available to talk about the project and tell the stories of women they met and interviewed.

See a 2 minute short about the documentary:  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/afghanistan-a-difficult-birth

Follow the project: www.afghanmums.tumblr.com

Stories from the Afghan Peace Volunteers
A booklet explaining the last 33 years of conflict in Afghanistan told via the histories of the Afghan Peace Volunteers.

Support our projects:

Donate to VCNV UK
The Co-operative Bank
Account: 65583025
Sort: 089299


VCNV Delegates are available to speak with groups and organizations in 2014, we are taking bookings now.

Contact: vcnvuk@gmail.com


 

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Follow our 2013 delegation: www.wordpress.vcnvuk.com

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