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The Afghan Peace Conference 2014

This is a personal reflection on the recent Confeence and highlights three areas which  has given much food for thought.

In the morning we had talks and the first one was given by Andy Garrity from the Toxic Remnants of War project. This is a research project and their website and blog are both interesting and disturbing. Andy gave us facts and figures about the poisonous effects of the war on the health, the environment and the long term safety of the Afghan people.  If fighting ceased in Afghanistan tomorrow and no more weapons were used, the toxic effects of the past 13 years would remain.  

Another morning speaker was Frank Ledwidge who spoke about the cost, financial and humanitarian, of the Afghan war on the people of Afghanistan and Britain. His book, Investmeant in Blood, the True Cost of Britain's Afghan War, is well worth reading. One of the things which strikes me about what he has to say is that he has been on the 'inside' of the military and gives a truly informed perspective. 

In the afternoon I joined the workshop 'Building Afghan Peace'.  This was a conversation between the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul via Skype and two members of the Afghan diaspora in Britain.  The topics focused on what the APV expect from the diaspora and there was a real sense of dialogue and mutual understanding.  

As with the creative 'Fly Kites Not Drones'  actions last year, another idea has emerged from the APV in which Afghans and Britons can take part. The APV plan to teach a group of multi ethnic Afghan young people a traditional Afghan dance and perform it in public. Hopefully, as with the kite flying, this will be replicated here in Britain.

Watch this space and dust off your dancing shoes!  

Susan Clarkson
Overview of the Afghan Peace Conference
Sabir, Maya & Farzana speak with the APV in Kabul as part of the building Afghan peace discussion.

Afghan Peace Conference 2014 

Report by Aisha Maniar 

With thirteen years of war focused on combat and not people, one of the major challenges identified by this second annual conference is how to stop Afghanistan falling off the radar completely at the end of this year. The war is not over and media and public lack of awareness and disinterest must not serve as a pretext for further abuses and atrocities. Read more.
Coming soon...
There is now war raging on in at least 17 provinces in Afghanistan 

Join the APV 21st October 2.30pm - 5.30pm GMT, they will be speaking with the monthly RAF Waddington vigil at 2.30pm

Live stream Global Days of Listening

Street Angels photo exhibition
27th October - 12th November 8.30am-6pm

A collaboration between photo journalist Guy Smallman and Afghan artist Azim Fakri who gave disposable cameras to a bunch of Kabul street children, this exhibition will showcase a unique perspective.

Amnesty International Human Rights Centre 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
We all live under the same blue sky!
Afghan boxer Sohail Ahmed supporting the "Borderfree" campaign with VCNV Ewa & Maya

Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK
Facebook: Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK
Twitter: vcnv@vcnvuk

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