Who We Are

February 10, 2009

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We are Afghan college students and youth who started this journey in 2008.

The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a legal entity registered with the Ministry of Justice Afghanistan ( registration certificate number 2956 – 24/12/1390 ) as an Afghan civil society volunteer organization.

The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a grassroots group of ordinary, multi-ethnic Afghans seeking a life of non-violence, the unity of all people, equality, and self-reliance. We seek non-military solutions for Afghanistan and do not work for the benefit of any political group or religion.

We envision Afghans from all ethnic groups uniting for a non-violent movement towards a peaceful life.

International volunteer for Journey to smile

International volunteer for Journey to smile

We are ordinary Afghans who have built relationships with ordinary people in other parts of the world, including with international peace builders. Internationals have volunteered to organize groups to visit Afghanistan in bearing witness to the ground realities. Internationals have also used available resources and on-line tools to create person to person connections and opportunities for genuine education about Afghanistan and the world, in order to ‘awaken’ the world’s conscience about a true and humanitarian approach to the challenges facing our common humanity.

To date, through the Global Days of Listening program ( http://globaldaysoflistening.org ) , the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers have conversed and nurtured relationships with international friends from the the United States, Canada, Sweden, Australia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Germany, Italy, South Sudan, South Africa, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, France, Mexico, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, India, and others.

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We invite you to join or support the Afghan Peace Volunteers, knowing that the cumulative hope and conscience of humanity, once communally expressed on a wide enough scale, would demonstrate a love that inspires Mankind to live together equally and non-violently.

Afghanistan is in the depth of world conflict and self-interest.

Whatever the leaders of the world decide, the youth of Afghanistan, together with all of humanity, wish to encourage one another and others to SMILE.

By smiling, we are grieving over Mankind’s proud, in-humane and self-absorbed behaviour. We seek to raise the possibility of a humane love by building wide scale humane relationships and thus build a majority public practice of equality and non-violence.

We hope to nurture courage and dignity in our lives and in our world, to put delight into the hearts of children and all of Mankind and to suggest that whatever our shared condition, a HUMANE LOVE is possible.

While the US, NATO, Taliban and all other Powers play their games over Afghanistan, is there ANY ONE PERSON who understands what the common, average citizen of Afghanistan or citizen of the world wishes for?

Some say, ‘this Journey to Peace will likely meet failure….

They say, ‘Genuine humanity, equality and peace belong only to the poets and the fables. These are utopian ideals that human beings are not capable of reaching. A practical love in the public arena is not possible.

It’s sad because both Afghans and the world are waiting for a public practice of humanity, equality and non-violence.

It’s sad because ‘reality’, perhaps life itself, seems keen for us to remain frozen in the timid beliefs that the world cannot have the HUMANE RELATIONS which 99% of us want, that the 1% of decision-makers must always have their self-interested ways.

We wish to address our own cynicism, to try, to face disappointment, to take our small steps, believing that when we embark on Our Journey to Smile, our humanity will grow and will not shrink back to its unsure and undignified days. We won’t be the same again.


Afghan Peace Volunteers

Aims

The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a grassroots group of ordinary, multi-ethnic Afghans seeking a life of non-violence, the unity of all people, equality, and self-reliance. We seek non-military solutions for Afghanistan and do not work for the benefit of any political group or religion.

The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a legal entity registered with the Ministry of Justice Afghanistan ( registration certificate number 2956 – 24/12/1390 ) as an Afghan civil society volunteer organization.

We envision Afghans from all ethnic groups uniting for a non-violent movement towards a peaceful life.


  1. Life of non-violence

We reject all forms of violence : war, cruel actions, verbal violence, injustice…

  1. The unity of all people

Unity is when all people from different faiths and ethnic groups live together in community without any discrimination.

  1. Equality

Equality means equal rights for all with respect to economy, gender, rule of law…

  1. Self-reliance

We wish for the people of Afghanistan to live independently and sustainably.

Principles

  1. Honesty / Transparency
  2. Friendship and reconciliation : through the building of relationships with the people of Afghanistan and the world
  3. Justice through forgiveness, not revenge
  4. Respect for the environment
  5. Simple living
  6. We are ordinary people from all ethnic groups. We do not work for the benefit for the any political group or religion.

Note : All who agree to our principles can become an Afghan Peace Volunteer.

Past Actions

  1. Helping to establish and develop Bamiyan Peace Park in Bamiyan Provincial Center.

This was done through self-reliance and volunteerism, with the help and resources available among the youth and the people of Bamiyan.

  1. Peace Workshop at Bamiyan University in 2009 and other meetings with youth and civil society groups in Bamiyan.
  2. 16 Bamiyan University students from different ethnic groups ( Pushtoon, Tajik, Hazara, Sayeed, Peshayi ) stayed together for 3 months.
  3. Peace vigils in protest of the war, in sharing pain with the victims of war and in delivering the message of peace to leaders of Bamiyan, Afghanistan and the world.
  4. Building relationships with youth in other provinces : Visiting youth in Dai Kundi Province, hand-sewing leather phone pouches and delivering them as gifts to youth in Kandahar.
  5. Participating in the annual International Day of Peace ( 21st September ) celebrations through the Bamiyan Peace Committee ( governmental and non-governmental committee headed by the Governor of Bamiyan Province ), including in Peace Treks in the Hindu Kush ( September 2009  and September 2010 ) organized by the UN Environment Protection and the writing of the word ‘Peace’ in 44 different languages.
  6. Building a culture of non-violence through Afghan New Year events (March 2011 ) in Kabul – peace walk, tree planting and a candle vigil to remember war victims.
  7. Putting up a Peace Sign in front of the small Bamiyan Buddha, with the message of non-violence, stating that ‘blood cannot wash away blood’.
  8. Establishing global relationships of peace and solidarity with internationals in regular telephone and Skype conversations through Global Days of Listening program http://globaldaysoflistening.org
  9. Travel to India to learn from the struggle and work of Gandhian non-violence.

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6 Responses to Who We Are

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  2. Glenn Castro says:

    You are a ray of hope in a sea of darkness. The Afghan people are noble and generous. They treated me very well in 1971-2, throughout their nation. Having almost no income, i have no money to give. If it were to help, I will lay down my life to bring peace to my Afghan sisters and brothers. If you need my life energy, please tell me how I may help.

    Thanks and Peace,
    Glenn Castro

  3. Kim Breas says:

    The insane are allowed to rule our world too often. There is no justice in America’s killings. I apologize for my government. My heart is with you.

  4. mike says:

    re: Conversation with Raoshan.

    Beautiful, beautiful. God protect her, and all of you fine people.

  5. Carmell Waters says:

    Your organization is an answer to my prayers for world peace. You are wonderful. I would like to work along with you to promote love, respect, and understanding in our world which seemed so hopeless until I read about you and went to your website.

  6. Linda Taffs says:

    You are truly an inspiration of hope in this troubled world. Ordinary people all over the world want peace; It is only the leaders of the world who have self interest, with their propaganda machine, that make war. I pray that you will always remain strong to your principles, which are admirable, and that peace and justice will come to Afghanistan. Thank you for being you.

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