Goodbye 2014-Hello 2015

So goodbye, 2014 and welcome to 2015! Indeed, it has been a tough 12 months for my war-torn nation, ended with miseries, violence and bloodshed. Civilian casualties reached to a record high with an impressive challenges faced by our National Security Forces in the battlefields against Taliban insurgents with shortfalls in supplies and equipment and broken inter-service cooperation. Women and children suffered the worst and experienced numerous abuses.
We were hit badly by Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and within Afghanistan- hatred and violation of human rights were practiced on daily basis. Every child knows the word war before the word peace, the word gun before the word pen and we all weak up in the morning by the sound of bomb lasts and gun firing.
Devastation and suffering rocked upon individual’s life, particularly in the process of presidential election that lost about six months and now we will have to wait for another six months for the formation of new cabinet. Our political parties never changed their attitudes toward their state and people to let us grow in peace and stability, instead of devastation, violence and hatred.
Now, as we usher to the beginning of the new year, there are lessons from the past that suggest us to write this beginning chapter of the new year with a given title of peace and compassion.
Traditionally, at the beginning of new year, it is a common ritual for everyone to review his/her past achievements and step forward to creating another list of wishing goals to achieve in the year ahead. Thus, the new year’s resolutions are so fashionable that everyone feels anxious to celebrate it with a new beginning by declaring peace and solidarity.
No matter what or how big our goal is in the the new year’s resolution. May be we are going to quit smoking, earn a degree, spend more time with loved ones or perhaps find a new job. But the most important point is, how committed and determined we are for the change in our future handover that we promise to acquire.
But what if there comes a big goal for this new year resolution, particularly with all those who can transform the faith of the whole nation with just a little commitment and dedication?
Why dont our leaders and groups step in to new year resolutions since they have the power and the nation with them who will support them turn their goals into reality? Our state will likely grow in peace and stability if there will be a wish list decision with dedication and commitment for a reasonable cause in the eve of this new year 2015. Of course, that is not impossible given that ultimate power that our leaders and organizations own.
Our leaders can choose a peaceful relationship by putting aside their argumentative issues and pick up the phones and start talking with each other about good things for the good of their own nation. This can happen with little compromise over their political issues across the country. If the very crucial gap exits between them can get compromised, many problems will get untangled, from the stand-off in Helimand to the war of proxies in the heart of capital, Kabul. That is not a hard resolution to commit to in 2015 for these supper leaders. If they become the lead by example to the peace building process in their surroundings, others will certainly follow  them as their deals.
Things will get better order if these top self-made renegade leaders of all extremist factions in country came together and agreed on stopping the ugly cycle of violence and fight for peace instead. After all, it is not impossible for the heads of Al-Qaeda and Taliban with all their plethora of factions, sub-groups and branches to commit to lay down their arms and instead shake hands with the rest of the nation, embracing compassion and peace instead of causing human suffering and bloodshed. Thus, extremism will no longer find a voice or a breeding ground and a lot of innocent civilians will be saved while the country will grow in peace and stability. The lives of women, children and those most vulnerable of all will stop being cultivated as trophies of war or revenge.
This is the beginning of another new year, so lets give a promising commitment to the new year resolution for there will be much excess of cash to spend. The large amounts spent on purchasing weapons for destruction and human sufferings can be allocated to the good cause to help this helpless and bleeding nation live in peace. Instead of spending these cash for human catastrophes, we can spend on building schools, roads, hospitals, electricity grids, parks and homes for world’s most excluded and marginalized communities. It is not impossible for such leaders to commit to that resolution in the new year and be a part of this celebrities.
As result, most of the sectarian, religious and ethnic prejudices will be somewhat confined and disappeared. Leaders and other organizations of such entities perhaps can compete not on how much venom they have spewed, but instead on boasting the biggest hospital they built, the number of homes constructed or the number of students they have enrolled. This, of course is a better claim than that of the extent of damage caused by a bomb, the amount of blood spilled or the total number of massacred bodies that they had piled up. Now, is that a difficult resolution to commit to, in the new year for such powers? Isn’t it worth dedication and celebration to live with solidarity and compassion toward each other as a united family?
Bitterly, this is about more than three decades that Afghanistan is experiencing violence, destruction and backwardness, yet there has come no one with a clean state of mine to get this war-torn nation out of these paralyzing masses. The country is in dire need for forces of constructive change and figures of wisdom to get rid of these masses. The leading communities promoting wars and divisions would need to change their approach to commit to a resolution wherein they compete on their achievements that they have earned rather than how much destruction they have caused.
In this beginning, they can change their attitudes towards building a better and peaceful Afghanistan, instead of destroying it. They can build commitment towards creating job opportunities, creating agricultural alternatives for farmers instead of cultivating poppy, educating the future generations of children and ending the displacement of millions due to wars and instability. The competition should be all about enabling individuals to dream and excel in life rather than live endlessly in miseries of conflict and violence.
War has brought miseries, devastation and separated us from rest of the world. Let us reunite in the spirit of truth and justice, seeking the moral high ground and a newer state order where the nation enjoys the spirit of peace and brotherhood and do not suffer annihilation and humiliation within their state and throughout the world.
So, let us usher the New Year with the knowledge that 2014 was a tumultuous time, steeped in bloodshed and human suffering that is hard to keep up with. Let us be committed to the new year resolution to see the new year blossoms and we will take one last look at the year that was full of devastation and paralyzing challenges, steep furious descents, but in the end that is what makes us say that life is worth living and protecting our great state, wroths further devotions and our war-torn nation worth heartfelt complement for their tolerance to the endless miseries. In the meantime,  pray for our great leader to be committed to the new year resolution to bring real changes in the lives of his devastated people by implementing permanent peace and ties a comprehensive relationship with its neighbourhoods to share their contribution in any forms but faithfully for peace and stability.
Now, it is upto us to gather the knowledge and resources, the strength and determination to regenerate the process for peace building in a ceremony of personal, civic and political commitment to celebrate and as well as protect it. In doing so, we acknowledge that our commitment, dedication and compromises for peace building will have the greatest single impact on our own survival and our next generation.
Above all, let us face the New Year with the confidence that our ability to bring great change in our state is certain and that we have the willingness to expect some challenges and commitment that we promised to ourselves and our nation. Our current condition of nationhood begs to be re-joined to the visionary confidence of those who were fighting to protect this great state under one name and one flag and given numerous sacrifices so that we could live in peace and grow in stability and prosperity. Let us also summon great courage and through the work of our hands and our hearts, create a peaceful and an stable country that we most desire. At the end, offering my heartfelt wishes for you and your beloved ones a happy, healthy, prosperous, abundant and joyful 2015, filled with all peace of mind, satisfaction of heart and endless success that you all need.

About samad1986

Abdul Samad Haidari is a poet, writer, teacher and a former freelance journalist, currently residing in Indonesia as a stateless refugee. He is the author of The Red Ribbon He fled his home country at the age of seven and grew up wandering in Pakistan and Iran as a child refugee, and was separated from his family for the majority of his childhood. For two years, at the age of eight and nine, he was forced into child labour in the construction industry in Iran. In contrast, Pakistan offered refugees like him the opportunity to study and work. This education and work experience culminated in Abdul teaching computer studies and English language courses at the Intel Computer Center and Pak Oxford Professionals. After the collapse of the Taliban government, Abdul returned to Afghanistan thinking that the security situation had improved, and that he could take part in the reconstruction of his war-torn country. With this in mind, Abdul served as a freelance journalist and humanitarian aid-worker in areas of the country that remained dangerous to civilians because of the influence of terrorist groups. Abdul served with the Norwegian refugee council (NRC), ActionAid Afghanistan, Daily Outlook Afghanistan group of newspapers, and The Daily Afghanistan Express. As a freelance journalist, Abdul wrote articles and editorials about on-the-ground realities, which were then circulated widely. These had a particular focus on women and children’s rights, corruption, transparency and accountability in government, warlords and terrorist groups’ actions and the systematic persecution of minority groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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