Afghanistan: What next?
Supporting Peace & Justice
12th October 2013
Friends House, Euston 10am
A day organized by Afghan and British peace activists both in the UK and in Afghanistan. We are coming together to learn about and discuss practical methods of supporting non-violent peace in the run up to the uncertainty and greatly awaited 2014 troops withdrawal.
This grassroots event will blend cutting edge analysis from Guardian journalist Jonathan Steele who will talk about the facts behind the run up to the war which kicked off the global war on terror; and speaking to ordinary Afghan women and youth currently living in Kabul. Afghans living in Britain will talk about the importance of Afghan unity and support needed from our ever growing UK peace movement.
Jonathan Steele Guardian journalist and author of ‘Ghosts of Afghanistan’ will provide an in depth analysis on the war which kicked off the global “war on terror” which is currently gripping the world
Afghan Women speak live on Skype from Kabul A group of 30 women who run a sewing cooperative in Kabul making duvets for refugees and the poor of Kabul. For many of these ordinary Afghan women this is the first job they have ever had and it will certainly be the first time their voices will have been heard outside the home. A ‘never before tried’ linking of UK-based peace campaigners and ordinary Afghan women. Plus a testimony from an Afghan woman who has recently gained asylum in the UK: she will briefly talk about her personal experiences of living in Afghanistan and the issues women face.
Afghan Peace Volunteers speak to us via a video message - a unique opportunity to meet and question members of one of the few non-violent peace groups in Afghanistan who live in a mixed ethnic community and draw inspiration from Gandhi and Martin Luther King- an incredible and historically monumental group in the international peace movement today.
Afghan grassroots activist Sabir Zazai moved to the UK from Afghanistan in 1999. He is an active member of the diaspora Afghan community in Coventry and the Midlands. He is Vice-Chair of the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, a local charity set up to support refugee and immigrant issues
12.30-1.30pm VEGETARIAN CURRY LUNCH
1.30-2.30pm and then repeated 2.45-3.45pm
The first three workshops last an hour and are repeated so you can attend two of them during the afternoon.
“The Dark Side”: Secret Prisons, Torture & the War on Terror: Led by London Guantanamo Campaign’s Aisha Maniar.
Movement building: Stop the War’s Ian Chamberlain, Lindsey German with Afghan grassroots activist Sabir Zazai,
Women in Afghanistan: With testimony from an Afghan woman currently living Britain with recent experience of living in Afghanistan
In depth Workshops Sessions 1.30-3.30pm
Drones: the true cost of war: led by US drone activist Brian Terrell with Chris Cole and Mary Dobbing of Drone Wars UK.
From London to Kabul: Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK Susan Clarkson and Beth Tichborne both visited and stayed with the APV in Kabul earlier this year
4pm COMING TOGETHER WITH AFGHANS
Meet the Afghan Peace Volunteers live from Kabul on Skype, ask them questions about non-violent peace making in Afghanistan, share any thoughts from the day, and send messages of solidarity and support.
The conference will be taking place at Friends Meeting House, see here for details: http://www.friendshouse.co.uk/getting-here
There will be an English to Dari translator at the conference, the organizers would be extremely grateful if you could inform them if you would like translation assistance on the day.
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