We created a Facebook discussion group called “PaxAF” to serve as a kind of “meeting place” for Afghans and their supporters who want to work for peace and don’t think that peace in Afghanistan is impossible. (See: www.facebook.com/groups/paxAF.) I have always believed that peace will come to Afghanistan when there are enough Afghans who are committed and working together to make peace a reality and together they have the strength to have a major role in creating a new country for themselves. I believe that we need to encourage the development of networks of Afghans connecting with each other and ready to help each other for the sake of building a peaceful country. The Arab Spring was possible to a large extent because people in countries with repressive regimes were able to communicate with each other and support each other. PaxAf follows from the Pax Populi philosophy of trying to â€œput the tools of peacemaking into the hands of ordinary people.â€Â PaxAf was specifically was created so that Afghans and their supporters could connect, share ideas, and support each other with aim of building a new, peaceful, prosperous Afghanistan. I started it, but it isn’t for me and its value will be entirely up to those who participate, if any do. Everyone who is here should be someone who believes in the possibility of creating a peaceful Afghanistan and wants to connect with others who also support this goal. I’d be happy if this group has some value to the supporters and believers in peace in Afghanistan, but it is up to those in the group to make it a place of value. It is ready when you are.
Advancing Women’s Rights, an Afghan Approach
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mohammad rafi · March 12, 2016 at 6:08 am
i like our country as much as possible.
Nasir · March 9, 2013 at 2:25 am
I believe that peace will come to Afghanistan! It already is much better than past 30 years. I believe we will make peace sustainable in Afghanistan.