Two Afghan bikers meet UN Secretary General with message of peace
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Two Afghan cyclists, Nadir Shah Nangarhari and his son, Fairooz Khan 17, met the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with their message of peace at the United Nations headquarters in New York, a stamen from the UN said on Friday.
The father-son duo arrived in New York last week after spending almost ten months biking across Europe.
“Let us be inspired by these dedicated cyclists for peace to break the cycles of armed conflict that are causing so much suffering across the world," Ban said on the occasion.
Nadir Shah who had been titled as National Cyclist Champion in 2003, said that he cycled around the world carrying one major message of Afghans, “We Afghans want to live in peace with the family of nations in the world and we want our identity in peace with the world,” he said.
Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations accompanied the bikers to Ban.
“Afghanistan, once a peaceful country in the region, is in need of world’s long term commitment to revive that peaceful history, and that is only possible through turning Afghanistan into a symbol of international cooperation,” Saikal said.
Nadir Shah and his son’s resolve to bike thousands of miles only to convey a message of peace could tell a lot about Afghans’ resilience in partnering for the noble cause of peace. he added.
Nadir Shah says he will continue his quest for peace all over the world so that people know the real face of a nation with thousands years of a rich and proud history.
He said that when he met Afghans in remote villages around the country they always had this one message for him, “we are tired of war, we want books and pens for our children instead of guns and bullets.”
Nangarhari, who is also an advocate for women’s rights in Afghanistan, had biked in Afghanistan rural and urban areas to raise awareness for a number of vaccination and literacy popularisation campaigns.
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