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DESPITE 2017 ODDS, MY AFGHAN FRIENDS AND I HOPE FOR HEALING

“One of the saddest presumptions is

that war is necessary,

as if Ali’s brother needed to lose his life for Afghan or U.S. or my security.

Dehumanized and devalued by both ‘terrorists and anti-terrorists’ alike,

the people keep bleeding,

emptying their grief to deaf ears and cursory eyes too digitalized to pause,

and too commoditized to imagine or create.

We consume and consume the environment and the media,

and overlook what glares at us,

what implicates us,

what should help us realize that

we can’t go on exploiting Mother Earth or one another.” Hakim Young with the Afghan Peace Volunteers.

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