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Turning a Problem into a Public Discourse

Turning a Problem into a Public Discourse

People in two districts of Bamyan (Waras and Yakawlang) have decided to end the exorbitant costs of weddings and dowries. As a result of many meetings and a communal decision, the practice will be abolished gradually. Young people have played a direct role in the process and had a significant contribution to making this decision .. read more

28
Oct
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Community Responsibilities in Empowering People with Disabilities

Community Responsibilities in Empowering People with Disabilities

Mohammad Arif Jafari, a 25-year-old disabled man, is a native of Bamyan province in Afghanistan who moved to Herat with his family when he was young. Jafari went illegally to Iran to earn money to support his family, and as a construction worker had an accident on a building site. Since then, his left leg .. read more

25
Oct
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Young People Take the Initiative; Can Youth Be Trusted?

Young People Take the Initiative; Can Youth Be Trusted?

Offering assistance and aid in times of grief and hardship is an integral part of Afghan culture. These assistances often come in both spiritual forms such as condolement and giving solace, and material forms such as providing financial aids to the affected families in their community. This summer, thirteen provinces of Afghanistan, mostly in the .. read more

20
Oct
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The Importance of Honour in Afghan Society

The Importance of Honour in Afghan Society

The concept of honour is very important in Afghan culture because it defines the reputation of an individual and therefore the respect that is given to this person and to his or her family.  The concept of honour is linked to certain values, which should not be violated. It is therefore important not to compromise .. read more

14
Oct
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Social Interaction Between Genders; Developing a Healthy Relationship

Social Interaction Between Genders; Developing a Healthy Relationship

Fatema and Zahra, 19, are identical twins from Mazar-e-Sharif—the largest city in northern Afghanistan. Mazar-e-Sharif is one of the most diverse city in Afghanistan with many people from different ethnic groups and tribal backgrounds living along with one another. “Different parts and neighborhoods in Mazar-e-Sharif hold different beliefs about the interaction of girls and boys .. read more

12
Oct
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Engaging youngsters from displaced communities

Engaging youngsters from displaced communities

Through history, the city of Herat has been a place of interaction of cultures and customs, as well as the pursuit of ideas This has enabled people from the region and beyond to foster lasting friendships between individuals and communities, and enabled the city to be a center of culture and tolerance. This status has, .. read more

28
Sep
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Intergenerational Dialogue; How It Begins From Family

Intergenerational Dialogue; How It Begins From Family

In conventional Afghan society, there are numerous manifestations of community dialogue in many forms and formats such as Jirga, Shora and so on. In fact, these forms of community dialogues are so deep-rooted in the Afghan culture that have been long used as dependable mechanisms to discuss issues, make decisions and solve problems at community .. read more

20
Sep
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Bamyan “The Place of Shining Light”

Bamyan “The Place of Shining Light”

The children may work for the reason of poverty, and those children who are busy at work for long hours will miss the opportunity of access to education that empowers them with knowledge, skills, self-confidence and prepares them to participate effectively in the social and economic life. The United Nations reported that more than 2 .. read more

02
Sep
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Engage People in Action; A Social Message through Hiking

Engage People in Action; A Social Message through Hiking

It is 5:00 in the early morning. It is still a bit dark but the reddish part of the sky scattered behind the mountains signals the sunrise of Kabul. It is the time when Sediqa, a 20-year-old girl, and her younger sister Shokofa, 17, get up to go hiking on the nearby hills called Tape .. read more

31
Aug
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Adapating to a new normal: Hasan’s ingenious new business venture

Adapating to a new normal: Hasan’s ingenious new business venture

Before the quarantine, Hasan would head out every morning on the streets of Kabul with a tiny tin of hot coals on which he’d sprinkle seeds of espand (a plant also known as wild rue) so that they popped and burned. Hasan would fan the resulting smoke towards occupants of vehicles in the traffic or .. read more

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Jul
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