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No One Hears The Poor - A Look At Afghanistan

World  (tags: Afghanistan, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!', conflict, corporate corruption, crime, death, Fear, government, politics, poverty, society, violence, war )

- 1273 days ago -
...witness firsthand the suffering of common Afghans, she is sure this news never reaches the ears of Karzai and his government. "They don't care," she said. "You may perish from lack of food, and still they don't care. No one hears the poor."

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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 1:00 pm

Here in Kabul, Voices co-coordinator Buddy Bell and I are guests at the home of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), where we've gotten to know four young boys who are being tutored by the Volunteers in the afternoons, having “retired” from their former work as street vendors in exchange for a chance to enter a public school. Five afternoons a week, Murtaza, Rahim, Hamid and Sajad wheel their antiquated bicycles into the APV “yard.” They quickly shake the hand of each person present and then wash their feet outside the back door before settling into a classroom to study language, math and art, tutored in each subject by a different Volunteer. They've cycled here from school through heavy traffic, which worries their mothers, but the families cannot afford for the boys to take a public bus.

And....The women still hear stories of people who are fleeing attacks in the Hazarajat area, where Kuchi and Hazara groups are fighting, and they know many people who have recently arrived in Kabul as refugees from areas gripped by war. The fighting has increased in the past few years. Previously, borders were more porous and people could flee. Now the borders appear to be closing down.

The mothers teach their children that war is always wrong, that it brings sorrow, and that the children should find productive work rather than enlist, as so many do on all sides of this conflict, often because they want to help feed their families.

by Kathy Kelly | Common Dreams |

This is a more human side of war, this is not about soldiers but about how war affects the real people of a country. A country already poor and growing more desperate as the war grinds on, an endless course of noise and death.

Brenda Towers (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 7:23 am

florene Eaise (132)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 12:58 pm
noted Its sooo sad to see such poverty when the world is so rich! Its heartbreaking I grew up in a very poor home so i know a lil about what that does to a child NOTHING like the lives those poor children live I cant even imagine! HOW can this happen and everyone not care? Sometimes i lose faith in people in general! Thanks for the article

florene Eaise (132)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 12:59 pm
HOW do the rich sleep at night?

Vallee R. (278)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 1:59 pm
Flo- because they think they are better than use just as Hitler believed he was better than the Jews - thanks Kit.

Beth M. (46)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:40 pm

Lois Jordan (61)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 4:04 pm
So, our US tax dollars pay $1 Million per year for each soldier in Afghanistan. And, we're still there because.....? The Corporate mercenaries aren't done stealing our money....not wealthy enough yet? Because US weapons contractors like the constant Billions in funding, and like drug addicts aren't going to give that up without a massive fight? Because the religious patriarchal society is so deeply embedded it will never be changed? Because when we vote people into public office to change the situation, they renege on their campaign promises? Because greed and corruption will always trump justice and equality? Because I just haven't signed enough dam petitions or called my members of Congress enough with my complaints, (aren't they tired of me, yet?---LOL!) Sorry for the rant, but I've been disgusted about this for awhile, as others are.

As a child in the 60's, I remember that CBS News produced an hour-long documentary in primetime. It was about being black in America. Schoolchldren were being taught "black pride"---I clearly remember the smiling faces repeating, "I am black and beautiful." Watching this, seeing kids my own age, had quite a positive impact on me at the time. Rather than the "reality drivel" currently produced by the 3 major networks in primetime, it seems like putting some docs on TV regarding these truths surrounding real people living in Afghanistan and other countries living in war and poverty would open the minds of many. Well, I can dream....

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 11:44 pm
very sad

M B. (61)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 10:25 am
Noted, does this make America to end their wars, and don't start another one. Until now America has thrived on "enemies" all over, when does this thinking pattern stop? Wouldn't it be nice to show another face and help the poor of Afghanistan ? (I don't mean to introduce coca cola and Mc Donalds). What about building a hospital or school instead ?

Ilona a. (51)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 1:09 pm
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