Peace Week: Dozens donate blood
Youth organised a march in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, before arriving at the hospital to donate blood. The march was jointly organised by the youth affairs department and the peace committee to mark the week with the theme “We want to donate, not shed, blood”.
Participants of the march, starting from the Pakhtunistan Square, assembled at the hospital to donate blood. During the march, they chanted “we want peace; we want to donate blood.”
Nangarhar peace committee secretary Bilal Karim Momand told Pajhwok Afghan News the march and the donation marked the week that began today. Another motive was to create awareness among the youth about donating blood to patients and war victims.
“We were joined in this rally by more than 100 brothers and sisters and each donated 500CC of blood,” he said. Momand urged youth to become regular blood donors and work for peace.
A provincial council member, Javed Zaman who also took part in the march, said if every youth started working for peace, the objective could be realised. He asked warring parties to stop shedding blood and work for the country’s prosperity.
“I am very happy to be part of this rally that called for peace and donated blood to their countrymen.”
Loy Nangarhar Federation chief Sangar Azizi promised such events would be organised in future as well. His federation has donated blood to the civil hospital in the past and intends to do so in the future.
Nangarhar Women’s Affairs Director Anisa Imrani, who also donated blood, said women were ready to participate in the cause alongside men to save the lives of their compatriots. “I am ready to sacrifice my life for the sake of peace, but can no longer tolerate bloodshed.”
She called upon disgruntled Afghans to shun violence, join the reconciliation process and rebuild their war-devastated country.
Independent Journalists Union head, Lal Pacha Azmoon, asked the Taliban to take part in next year’s elections and cease fire for the sake of peace in the country.
“Lay down your guns and make your presence felt through vote. Don’t kill Afghans,” he remarked, saying the country needed to be rebuilt and only peace could guarantee its reconstruction.
A big conference is due to take place in Jalalabad on Sunday as part of Peace Week celebrations.
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