Here are three reflections on the effects of war over decades:
Afghan Peace Volunteers: On a fairer world
From Abdulhai in Kabul (age 17)
My grandmother was one of my best friends in the world. When she was alive, she told me, “Please plant trees.” I asked her, “Why?” She asked ,”Why did your father plant trees?”
When I go to my village, I see many trees and I remember my grandmother’s world.
One morning, I saw my grandmother with a smile on her face. That smile had dreams, the dreams for a better world and the dream for a green place where doves fly over the green trees.
"I am hurting too" Dr Hakim on Drones and Singapore"
It’s hard for me, an ordinary citizen of Singapore, a medical doctor engaged in social enterprise work in Afghanistan and a human being wishing for a better world, to write this from Kabul.
But people are dying.
And children and women are feeling hopeless.
“What’s the point in telling you our stories?” asked Freba, one of the seamstresses working with the Afghan Peace Volunteers to set up a tailoring co-operative for Afghan women. “Does anyone hear? Does anyone believe us?”
Read more: http://vcnvuk.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/i-am-hurting-too-dr-hakim-on-drones-and-singapore/
War on Terror- Reflections by Lindsey German
If all had gone according to plan, the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war should have been a time for government jubilation. In Tony Blair’s dreams, he would still be feted as a hero, having toppled a dictator and brought peace and democracy to the Middle East. The actual scenario turned out rather differently. Iraq is in turmoil, terrorism is a much greater threat across many parts of the world than it was when the ‘war on terror’ was launched 11 and a half years ago, attacks on civil liberties have worsened, with torture, rendition and imprisonment without trial now part of the fabric of the war, and discrimination and racism against Muslims growing.
Read more: http://vcnvuk.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/war-on-terror-reflections/