Equal relationship and a hope beyond – ”PASHTO CLASS”

[Produced by Asako SHIRAKAWA, a member of JVC Afghanistan Volunteer Team, March 9th, 2017] Outline The JVC Afghanistan Volunteer Team has held “Pashto Class” once a month since August 2016. Pashto is one of the official languages in Afghanistan. As far as we know, there is no such a Pashto class in Japan. It is also our first trial of language course as an activity of the volunteer team. We already had 6 sessions, in which 7 to 8 members attended every time. The class is for two hours. In the first half, we learn basic Pashto from a Japanese teacher (Mr. Fujii or Ms. Kato). In the second half,…

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Mr. Shah Muhammad (Driver)

Mr. Shah Muhammad (Driver)

[Original Published: December 2, 2015] Many things happened in my childhood… I was born in Kama District Zarshoyee village of Nangrahar province. My father was working with the government, but he passed away when I was three years old. After his death, my elder brother supported our family. When I was in the third grade of school, I heard the rumors that Russia attacks on Afghanistan. People started immigration to Pakistan. Jihad (holy war) started against Russian and those people who worked with the government. Mujahedeen* gave warning to my brother, who also worked with the government, to leave his job. I never forget the night when Mujahedeen came to…

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