Two tribes reconcile after 30 years of differences
The bloodiest period between Bayeen and Pahlawan tribes had been since 1992, during the civil war, the time of the Taliban and during the current government, a member of the peace delegation, Amanullah Baig, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
A provincial-level peace team had met elders and mediated between the two tribes at the governor’s office in Chaghcharan, the provincial capital, he said.
Each side forgave the other and a resolution was released at the end of the gathering. Tribesmen could now go to other areas in Theora district without weapons and all disputes would be investigated by the prosecutor, he said.
As a result of the dispute, more than 200 Bayeen families had fled the area and sought refuge in Helmand, Herat, Farah and Nimroz provinces, locals said.
The government would help the displaced families to return, Baig said.
"We are fed up with fighting and we realize that the fighting is not a solution for the dispute," Mohammad Qasam Alam, a member of Pahlawan tribe, said.
Fighting had not only led to the deaths of many people but also destroyed the future of their children and stopped them from going to school, he said.
"In order to stop the bloodshed, stop people fleeing the area, stop the destruction and violence, we gave a positive response to the demand of the government and reconciled with each other," Alam said.
Their dispute had also allowed militants to become active in Theora, and that had prevented girls from going to school, a member of the Bayeen tribe, Mohammad Rasoul Theoragai, said.
He promised they would help the Afghan government to maintain security in the area so that reconstruction projects could take place. Other civilians not allied to either tribe had also been caught up in the fighting.
Residents of the district were unable to travel freely because of the clashes, Alam said. "We hope that reconciliation of these tribes will bring an end to the bloodshed in this district," he said.
The government would also help people who fled their homes and reopen schools for girls, the governor's spokesman, Abdul Hai Khatibi, said.
The two tribes promised to surrender their illegal weapons to the government after peace is maintained, Khatibi said.
He also urged militants to join the peace process.
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