Afghan cyclist taking peace message to Europe, US
Abdul Malik Quraishi, Afghan consul general in Istanbul, told Pajhwok Afghan News through email that Nangarhari with his colleague Firdous had been in Istanbul for four days before embarking on their trip to Bulgaria today.
“We gave them two bicycles and they plan to travel through Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom to New York in the US.”
According to Quraishi, the pair would deliver a message of peace and love from Afghanistan to governments and people of these countries and would meet Afghans and people from different walks of life.
Earlier in 2002, Nangarhari had paddled his way from Kabul to the United Nations office in New York after traveling through the same route that took him one year and six days.
"Our country has been destroyed by the decades of war, so I want to draw the attention of the world to help us restore peace in Afghanistan," Nangarhari had told reporters.
Nangarhari is said to have also received the title of peace ambassador from the Afghan government, the UN and human rights organizations. He has donated one of his famous bicycles to the Afghan national museum and is also a strong advocate of education in Afghanistan and has launched education campaigns.
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