Opinion: Afghanistan’s Peace Weavers
By Tadamichi Yamamoto
Paradoxically, despite a horrific and seemingly endless war raging around them, there are brave citizens building peace across Afghanistan every day.
JALALABAD - The top United Nations official in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, visited the country’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Thursday to meet first-hand with the province’s government officials and community leaders to learn about their concerns and discuss key issues,
KUNDUZ - During a series of UN-backed televised programmes in Afghanistan’s northeastern region, participants highlighted the importance of access to information as a necessary tool for fighting corruption, defending human rights and fostering peace.
NILI - A private radio manager contends that his station, which the governor has sharply criticized, is slated to be bulldozed in favor of a proposed public road project, and that he is receiving constant threats from anonymous Facebook users.
MAZAR-E SHARIF - Promoting women’s access to government services and hiring more women into civil service positions were among the topics discussed at two UN-backed events set up last week to focus on empowering women in Afghanistan’s northern provinces of Jawzjan and Samangan.
KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is gravely concerned by the killing of at least 28 civilians and injury of 16 others – all women and children – during air strikes in Herat and Logar provinces this week.
KANDAHAR - The advocacy role of young Afghans in working with government to fight corruption, promote women’s equality and bring about sustainable peace in the southern region was the focus of a UN-backed television programme in the province of Kandahar this week.
MAZAR-E-SHARIF - Religious leaders from provinces across Afghanistan’s northern region gathered in the capital city of Balkh to strategize on institutionalizing the principles of peace at all levels of society, from the social to the political.
KANDAHAR - Participants at a UN-backed forum underscored the importance of media freedom and access to information as essential tools that can help foster peace and uphold human rights in Afghanistan’s southern region.
KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns yesterday’s attack at Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul that killed at least 20 civilians, including seven women and one child, and injured more than 30 others. These preliminary figures may rise.
HERAT - Following the lively debate at a UN-backed women’s peace conference in April, a Herat activist has carried forward her vision for women’s involvement in conflict resolution and recently organized her own symposium for some 60 women in a remote district of the western prov