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The future of Afghanistan: an Afghan responsibility

31-12-2010 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 880, by Taiba Rahim

This article argues that the future of Afghanistan lies in Afghan hands. The solution to its current problems cannot and will not come from outside. It is time for Afghan men and women to confront their problems, to address their divisions, and to envisage home-grown solutions.

Abstract

Bad news about Afghanistan is a daily reality. War has plagued the country for three uninterrupted decades. Afghan women and men face daunting survival struggles. The majority of them have known nothing else but war. Considerable responsibility lies on the shoulders of Afghans themselves, who have caused extensive suffering for their fellow countrywomen and men. This article, however, argues that the future of Afghanistan lies in Afghan hands. The solution to its current problems cannot and will not come from outside. It is time for Afghan men and women to confront their problems, to address their divisions, and to envisage home-grown solutions.

Biography

Taiba Rahim, an Afghan national, is a teacher by training. She is the president of the Nai Qala Association. In March 2010, she was awarded a prize by the city of Geneva for her work in Afghanistan.


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