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Helmand peace caravan arrives in Ghazni

AT-KABUL: A peace caravan consisting of seven youth from the southern Helmand, who had started a walking tour, has arrived in Ghazni province after passing Kandahar and Zabul provinces.

The youth from other areas also joined the caravan that its number now reaches 25 people. Some of them have interesting impressions and stories from their tour, from blistering of their feet to the people’s warm welcome and the insurgents’ attacks en route.

“People’s welcome was interesting. They brought bread and buttermilk. When we entered a village and lightened the lamps, we were targeted by gunshots that made us go ahead cautiously,” said Kyber Eqbal, a member of caravan.

The protest against continued war and violence began in Helmand province, and according to the members of the caravan, it has public support.

They will come to Kabul and then will head to the northern areas. The members of the caravan had earlier committed hunger strike and tenting.

The protest was launched in the wake of a suicide attack that killed at least 16 civilians in a Helmand stadium.

The caravan says it would hold a truce gathering after arriving in Kabul. “Our demand form the government, US troops and armed opposition is a ceasefire to lead them to the peace negotiations. If our demands are not met, we will continue our protest,” said Maiwand Aryan, another caravan member.

Taliban Spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid called on the protestor youth to hold it in front of the US military bases.

Some youth from the eastern province of Nangarhar have said they would join the caravan when it arrived in Kabul.

“We are eight people and we want to join the caravan along the Kabul-Nangarhar highway to prove our solidarity with our brothers from Helmand,” said Rahmatullah Zeyarmal, from Nangarhar.

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