Afghan youth plant locally but imagine for the world

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Topikai, , a young Pashtun girl, joined 90 other Afghan Peace Volunteers, both boys and girls, to plant trees in an empty plot of dried-up land. The Afghan Peace Volunteers had helped develop Bamiyan Peace Park four years ago and wished to do so in Kabul too. This is the video of their tree planting event in Kabul with its transcript message to the world below.

The day before, on the 8th of March 2013, Topikai was with 80 girls and women who gathered at the Afghan Peace Volunteers Community Home to observe International Women’s Day. They spoke about their wish to meet regularly. They told one another not to be afraid. They were given blue scarves, affirming their belief that all human beings live under the same blue sky.

After the meeting, Topikai said, “Afghans are uncertain of what will happen in 2013. So, we should go knock on the doors of every home in Kabul, and ask their mothers to teach their family members not to fight any longer.”

International Women’s Day at the Afghan Peace Volunteers Community Home

Video transcript of ‘Afghan youth plant locally but imagine for the world’

Our message for the world…

We should gather.

We should take action!

Pool resources for our future,

our crafts,

our saplings,

our energies,

our unity.

Today, we’ve come to plant trees, & to struggle against corruption.

Be alive! Be at peace! Clean air!

We each play our small part.

We want peace!

Be well, youth!

Thank you!

The youth have really worked hard.

My message is that Afghan women from different ethnic groups extend our hands to one another to make Afghanistan a place that’s green & a place without wars.

Breaking ground,

persevering.

“Yes to tree planting.

No to corruption!”

Laboring.

“Clean air, clean government!”

Learning beyond the classroom,

recognizing that we can’t effect change alone.

We can’t bring change without the women.

So, we’ll take our joy…

and resist together.

“Clean air, clean government!”

Our message for the world…

We should gather. We should take action : plant locally but imagine for the world!

“Yes to tree planting. No to corruption!”

Afghan youth plant locally but imagine for the world

 

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