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Calling international peacemakers to unite for the Peace Trek in the Great Afghan Outdoors on the 25th ‎of Sept 2009‎

Calling international peacemakers to unite for the Peace Trek in the Great Afghan Outdoors on the 25th of Sept 2009

Peace Trek in the Great Afghan Outdoors

Come for the Peace Trek in the Great Afghan Outdoors on the 25th of Sept 2009!

Why should peacemakers from NATO and other countries come together for a Peace Trek in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan?

The world needs to find trust and hope again.

The world needs a concrete, visible solidarity for peace.

Troopers with guns (now more than 100,000 and ‘surging’ ) from NATO and other countries have come together for the Afg/Pak War in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan.

Peacemakers from NATO and other countries should come together for Peace in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan.

The world needs to witness humanity’s unity with respect to non-violence and peace, in contrast to witnessing humanity’s coalition with respect to violence and war.

Recent polls in Europe ( Germany, France, Europe ) and the US show waning public support for the war in Afghanistan. Peacemakers have an opportune moment to make a stand together in the Afghan arena itself, to galvanize the world’s majority opinion.

If the military forces can work together for ‘foggy’ causes, can’t peacemakers journey together for peace through humane relationships. Can’t peacemakers put aside their ‘peace pride’, ‘peace partisan agendas’ and ‘peace names’ for the sake of peace itself?

Why do so this September, and why in 2009?

21st September is the UN-designated, annual International Peace Day.

We should take a stand in Afghanistan this year because the world’s socio-political and military focus in 2009 is on Afghanistan.

The world is watching!

Why Afghanistan?

Because Afghanistan is home to struggling but dignified fellow humans who desperately need creative alternatives to constant wars.

Why Bamiyan?

Bamiyan can be the seed and catalyst of peace in Afghanistan, being one of the most secure provinces.

Read BBC’s recent article “Putting Bamiyan back on the Map”, in which UN envoy Kai Eide says “if we ignore places that are stable, we will pay a price for it”.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/8205881.stm

The restoration of the Bamiyan Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban forms a symbolic background of the restoration of peace in the world, regardless of differences in culture and faith.

The Band-e-Amir lake in Bamiyan is the first National Park of Afghanistan.

Please watch Afghan youth invite the world to come to Afghanistan’s first National Park, Band-e-Amir, for friendship and peace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsRto89x0lY

Why take the personal risk and expense?

Why not?

Why the Shah Fuladi mountain lakes of the Hindu Kush range?

Because like Afghans, the Great Afghan Outdoors is beautiful.

Peace Trek to the Shah Fuladi Lakes

Peace Trek to the Shah Fuladi lakes

When is the Peace Trek in the Great Afghan Outdoors?

25th of September 2009

Who is organizing the Peace Trek?

Our Journey to Smile, a peace building effort among Afghan youth in Bamiyan http://ourjourneytosmile.com/blog

Letter of invitations will be sent from the Bamiyan Journalist Association

Our Journey to Smile is partnering with UN Environment Protection Bamiyan and UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan Bamiyan in this International Peace Day event.

Who pays for all the trip expenses?

As we are an entirely volunteer set-up with no funding, the peacemaker volunteer has to take all responsibility over his/her own personal safety and finances for the entire trip.

Bamiyan is one of the safest provinces in Afghanistan.

How to join the Peace Trek in the Great Afghan Outdoors?

  1. Read more about the Peace Trek ( updates will be posted in the next few days ) and Our Journey to Smile at http://ourjourneytosmile.com/blog
  1. Write to us at contact@ourjourneytosmile.com

Name :

Age:

Gender:

Occupation:

Nationality :
Peace Group affiliated to ( if any ) :

Email address :

Please state clearly that you are not representing any religious or political group.

We’ll send you the letter of invitation

and your journey of peace begins!

Peace Trek in the Afghan Hindu Kush Mountains

Peace Trek in the Afghan Hindu Kush mountains

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