Helmand activists said they call on the people to join the movement to save their children and support peace in the war-ravaged country.
Helmand Peace Convoy Begins Journey To Kabul
In a new move, peace activists in Helmand started a journey in which they will walk to Kabul as their last destination to carry their message to the central government, the people and anti-government militants.
On Thursday evening, the eight members of the convoy arrived at Kandahar where they met with residents, tribal elders and activists. It took four days for them to reach Kandahar.
Members of the peace campaign asked the people to join them in delivering their message of peace to anti-government militants.
“If we are wrong, you tell us but if we are right support us in our campaign,” said Iqbal Khaibar, member of Helmand peace convoy.
The peace convoy members met with residents of Kandahar during their stay in the province.
“We are moving on for peace. Anyone who is not willing to join us, he can leave this convoy,” said Qais Hashemi, member of the peace campaign.
Meanwhile, Kandahar residents said they are committed to join the pace convoy in their journey to Kabul.
“Join us for the purpose to save our children, to save them from being killed, as did our ancestors,” said Sami, a resident of Kandahar.
“My mother was against my decision to join the campaign, but I have made this decision because I have realized the importance of this move and the importance of peace,” said Bashir, a resident of Kandahar.
The number of the convoy members is eight people and it is expected that more people will join them in their journey to Kabul.
The convoy will visit Zabul on Saturday and will arrive in Kabul at the end of next week.
The first sit-in protest was launched in Helmand following a deadly suicide car bombing near Ayub Khan Stadium in Lashkargah City in March, when spectators were leaving a wrestling match. At least 16 people were killed and almost 50 others were wounded in the explosion.
Later, the campaign received support from different provinces.
The main message and demand of the activists is peace and a ceasefire between government and militants.