‘2 Million Friends of Afghan People for Peace in Afghanistan’


Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate and Ann Patterson – TRANSCEND Media Service

We will be visiting Kabul on 10th December 2012, international day of human rights, on behalf of the Peace People, Northern Ireland.    We have been invited by Afghan peace volunteers to join them in their ‘2 million friends’ and ‘ceasefire’ campaign and we will join the voices for creative nonviolence delegation USA, to Afghanistan.

The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a grassroots group of Afghans who seek a life of nonviolence, equality, self reliance and unity across ethnic and national lines.   They have no religious or governmental affiliation.

The Afghan peace volunteers have chosen to ask for two million friends around the world remembering that in the last 40 years over 2 million Afghan people have died from violence.    They believe that a non-military nonviolent solution leading to peace in their country is the way forward and they say ‘a ceasefire in Afghanistan is an urgent  necessity of conscience  in the face of an ongoing preventable humanitarian emergency’.

On 10th December, the Afghan peace volunteers will visit the UN in Kabul to urge the Secretary General of the United Nations to broker a multilateral UN negotiated ceasefire between all parties currently warring in Afghanistan.

On behalf of the Afghan peace volunteers we invite you to visit the websites ‘ceasefire’ and the’2 million friends’ and enter your name in support of this important initiative for peace in Afghanistan.

Thank you for your support.





Mairead Corrigan Maguire is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: www.peacepeople.com.

This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 3 Dec 2012.

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