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Afghan Peace Volunteers

Building Trust in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

What has brought a non-violent future closer to Afghanistan - giant sized military and surveillance systems or the accomplishments of young volunteers working to develop inter-ethnic projects?

Quagmirestan: America's Open-Ended Involvement in Afghanistan

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 02.03.2016 | World
Abdullah Sharif

Quagmire? The answer depends on one's point of view, but the facts on the ground clearly show a situation that is discouragingly complex.

Breaking Bread in Kabul

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.22.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

Here in Kabul, over breakfast with Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs), we easily recalled key elements of the conflict resolution and peer mediation "train the trainers" workshops that Ellis Brooks, with Voices for Creative Nonviolence-UK, had facilitated a week ago.

Locked in Winter

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

As many as 35,000 displaced persons are now living in the slum areas in Kabul alone. The fire in the Chaman e Babrak camp extended to adjacent homes, swiftly rendering nine families homeless in the midst of already astounding poverty.

In Kabul, Widows and Orphans Move Up

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.19.2013 | World
Kathy Kelly

Women in bright clothing were navigating the treacherous roads with heavy water containers on their heads or shoulders. I marveled at their strength and tenacity. "Yes, they make this trip every morning," Umalbanin said, as she helped me regain my balance after I had slipped on the ice.

The Sky As It Falls

Kathy Kelly | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Kathy Kelly

For the Afghan Peace Volunteers living in a working class area of Kabul's "Karte Seh" district, daily problem-solving requires a triage process.

Out to the Wall

Kathy Kelly | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

And what wars, what cycles of violence and despair and with what weapons used, will follow the next economic tragedy, engulfing a world already poverty-maddened past the point of desperation?

No One Hears the Poor

Kathy Kelly | Posted 07.28.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

These women have seen no improvement in Afghanistan, and neither, they claim, has anyone they know. Poverty and the uncertainties of war seem to dictate their lives more surely than any government.

Afghan Screams Aren't Heard

Kathy Kelly | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

Democracy Now interviewed Hakim, who mentors the Afghan Peace Volunteers, about ongoing U.S. military occupation in Afghanistan.