Marking International Peace Day, a number of demining organizations in Afghanistan on Monday called on insurgents to end the practice of laying landmines and other Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
The demining coordination center in Afghanistan also put out the call to end the tactic as most victims are civilians.
According to Mohammad Wakil, the deputy head of mine action coordination center, children are all too often victims of mines. “On average 100 people die as a result of mine blasts or become disabled. We call on all warring parties to stop mining the country,” he said.
At a ceremony to mark World Peace Day, anti-mining organization and victims of blasts gathered in Kabul on the Nadir Khan Hill where scores of children flew kites and painted pictures depicting peace. The aim was to send out a message to insurgents to stop their deadly tacticts.
One disabled child, who was a victim of an IED blast, said: “We want peace. Taliban come and reconcile with government so the war can come to an end.”
“We want peace. Peace will lead us to progress but war will destroy us,” said Wahidul Rahman a deaf school student.
Another survivor, Nasima Sakhizada, who was seriously injured in a Kabul suicide attack, said she can no longer walk properly as a result of the blast. She called for the end of war and said peace was seriously needed.
Meanwhile, Nasima, a social worker from the Institution of Afghans Affected by Mines said: “We are tired of war and we don’t want our children and our the youth to be killed or become disabled.”
In a separate event at a park in Kabul city, musicians and entertainers, including a circus act and poets, performed for passers-by to mark World Peace Day.
They said that living in a peaceful environment was a fundamental human right.
A call was however put out by a number of civil society institutions who called for the establishment of a center for peace studies.
Each year International Peace Day is observed around the world on September 27. The United Nations’ General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.
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