Afghan peace focus of talk
IF YOU GO
What: Talk by Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence about young people working for peace in Afghanistan.
When: 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17.
Where: Congregational United Church of Christ Church, 54 S. Jackson St., Janesville.
For more information: To learn more about Voices for Creative Nonviolence, go online to vcnv.org. The group works to end U.S. military and economic warfare. To learn more about Rock Valley Fellowship of Reconciliation, go to rockvalleyfor.org.
JANESVILLE Kathy Kelly will talk about young people working for peace in Afghanistan when she speaks in Janesville on Sunday.
The Chicago woman helps coordinate the peace group Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan and will share information about the human cost of the war and how a group of young people is hoping to impact the violence.
Kelly traveled to Afghanistan three times in 2010 with small delegations because she wanted to know more about conditions faced by ordinary people. She recently returned from a fourth trip, which lasted a month.
Kelly’s organization works closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers to find nonmilitary solutions to end the war. The young people live mostly in Bamiyan Province of Afghanistan’s central highlands. They range in age from 8 to 22, work as potato farmers and promote nonviolence. Like many in Afghanistan, they have lost family members to violence, and their families have been attacked and displaced.
“They are all refugees, displaced when the Taliban came,” Kelly said. “They have good reason to feel hatred and revenge, but they’ve caught on to the principles of nonviolence.”
Kelly’s talk is sponsored by Rock Valley Fellowship of Reconciliation and Unitarian Congregation of Rock County.
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