Our Journey to Smile

Letter to Obama and Khamenei from Afghan youth
March 23, 2009, 7:11 am
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A youthful Afghan dream?


Obama and Khamenei overtures

Al Jazeera 21/3/2009 and 23/3/2009

In his video appeal to Iran on the 21st Of March 2009, Obama said: “This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.”

The press adviser to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, urged Obama to back his words with concrete action to repair what he called past mistakes.

“They chant the slogan of change but no change is seen in practice. We haven’t seen any change,” Khamenei said.

Dear Obama and Khamenei,

We address both of you respectfully as humans, fellow human beings who will, like all of us in Afghanistan, die with dignity some day.

We request forgiveness as the way forward, hoping that whatever the words we use, our trembling actions will be courageous in love; we request of the quiet and concrete peace and vision that both you, Obama and Khamenei, and the rest of humanity, have been expressing since our hearts and imaginations have allowed us to.

We must no longer live meagerly in fear of the human instincts to claim right-ness and revenge. All of civilization now recognizes the value of our shared frailties and the dream of a kinder humanity.

This dream has no borders and as we retire for another night, hopefully to a brighter day, we will pray in both Persian and English that our children and youth would not be confined to or disappointed by your and our limitations.

This is Our Journey to Smile.

With sincerity,

Our Journey to Smile



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