I’ve been on the phone to Fareedone this morning explaining what we’re trying to do today and he had a lot to say and is very excited. Read his story below. Tonight, he’ll be talking to Lubna in Baghdad and and Arsalan and Khadija in Islamabad.
My name is Fareedoone. I am 25 and I am from Afghanistan. I am a Student of Law in Kabul. I was invited by World Have Your Say to share my experiences as a Student who’s grown up in a conflict zone.
I am contributing to the Rebuilding Process in my Country by informing the people about the positive things that happens in Afghanistan. Afghanistan today is a lot different to the Afghanistan which was 9 years ago during Taliban and before that.
There have been many concrete efforts on the part of the Afghan Government and the International Community to rebuild Afghanistan; many positive steps have been taken forward in the reconstruction of the nation.
Now miles of new roads connect places that were once far from one another, and many thousands of homes and businesses now have stable supplies of electricity. Millions of children now go to school and opportunities for higher education are plentiful.
But I also have witnessed many sad and heart breaking events in my country. One day, when I was twelve years old, I went to watch a football match in town. The Taliban brought this young guy out onto the soccer field and beheaded him. I was so close to it that I could hear the sound of the blood pouring out.It affected me for months, I could not eat, I could not sleep.
Earlier this month, I lost my friend Sharif to the Taliban attacks on the Indian embassy in Kabul. Sharif was a really nice guy and we played football together. He was also the only bread-winner for his family.
Some times the sadness drives me to the verge insanity but the unity that I see amongst Afghans who rushes to help those who have been injured in attacks motivates me to take another step forward and help my country.
There is a lot that I have to say, a lot that’s been in my heart for years and I want to bring out. Today is the best time and a great opportunity provided by WHYS so that I can share with you what we have gone through.
If there are any questions that you would like to ask, you can call me today on the WHYS.
God Bless All