SHOWBINA’S NEW DREAM

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (October 30, 2018); Translated by Y. Miki] JVC started literacy lessons in several villages in Afghanistan this summer. The lessons are for people who either could not make the long commute to school, or for those who could not attend school in their younger days due to some issues. The lessons offer the opportunity to learn reading and writing skills again. Our local female staff, Karima, interviewed one of the students there. Showbina is a 25-year-old woman who is taking literacy lessons of Ms. Sayra in the Kachara village. She is from an economically unstable family. Her father is a farmer and her mother…

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A miraculous meeting for peace held in an Afghan village

– A ceasefire was realized between the Afghan government and the Taliban. In order to cut the chain of still-continuing violence. – [Original (June 18, 2018); Translated by K. Takemura] Good & bad news The situation of Afghanistan is dramatically changing these days. To our surprise, a ceasefire for three days was realized between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban for the first time. And a miraculous meeting for peace was held in a village, where one of the JVC staff comes from. At the same time, suicide attacks occurred to target such moves. We got the surprising news on the Friday night of June 16, 2018. It says,…

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A MIRACLE IN ROPPONGI – MEETING A YOUNG AFGHAN MAN AGAIN AFTER TWO YEARS

[Original by Ryo ONOYAMA, Afghanistan Project (June 5, 2018); Translated by N. Mizutani] It was a miracle. In Roppongi, right in the middle of Tokyo, I met again a youth I had met in Afghanistan two years ago. Chances for Afghan people to visit Japan are very limited, so it is amazing that he was exactly from the area JVC has been working in! His name is Ihsanullah. He was visiting Japan with some other Afghan people, to participate in a training program on disaster prevention held by a Japanese NGO. Participants were appointed by the Afghan government, NGOs and the local community. Ihsanullah came as a representative of his…

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We request for extension of ceasefire, cessation of violence and progress on peace process in Afghanistan

22 June 2018 Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) Karez Health and Educational Services (KHES) Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) We are Japanese NGO engaged in the support of Afghanistan together with the people of Afghanistan. Welcoming the first ceasefire between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, and as people were able to feel the hope for peace that the ceasefire brought about, we will continue seeking peace in Afghanistan and we request for the following: About extension of ceasefire We welcome the ceasefire which was realized for the first time between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban.…

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PEACE WORKSHOP HELD BY CITIZENS IN AFGHANISTAN: EXPERIENCE-EXCHANGE WITH RESIDENTS OF CONFLICT AREAS

[Original by Ryo ONOYAMA, Afghanistan Project (April 19, 2018); Translated by E. Nagatomi] In Afghanistan, we have conducted Peace Actions in which residents in JVC project areas learn from each other about methods of solving disputes among family and/or in the region, as a countermeasure against the current situation of violence and guns being common in their daily lives. On 14th March, an Experience Exchange workshop was held by inviting residents from 5 regions (non JVC project areas) of heavy combat situations, as a new approach to extending our activities. About 50 people participated in this workshop. In these regions, three parties, which are the governmental and American forces, the…

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Equal relationship and a hope beyond – ”PASHTO CLASS”

[Original by Asako SHIRAKAWA, a member of the JVC Afghanistan Volunteer Team (March 9, 2017); Translated by A. Shirakawa/R. Florea] 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…

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Mr. Shah Muhammad (Driver)

Mr. Shah Muhammad (Driver)

[Original by Kenichi TAKEMURA, 2015 Afghanistan Project Intern (December 2, 2015); Translated by K. Takemura] 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…

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