Vigil2A candlelight vigil in remembrance of the victims of war, held in a photography studio in Kabul.In a country whose adults have known little but war for much of their lives, a new generation is trying to create a different path for their future.

Atop mosqueLinda Sartor discusses her visit to Afghanistan with local media atop local mosque in Kabul.Linda Sartor, a Santa Rosa woman who has long been active with the Nonviolent Peace Force and other like-minded groups, made her first trip to Afghanistan a little less than a year ago, under the auspices of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Her intent was to gain a first-hand acquaintance with the people of that war-torn country, and while she was able to do so, her visit was mostly confined to the capital city of Kabul.

Youth SkypingMembers of the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers cluster around a computer during one of their quarterly Skype conversations with the world.The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers gather to talk to the world via Skye about their country and their peacemaking efforts four times a year. The next such conferece call will take place on March 20m 2012, hosted by Global Days of Listening.

All photos on this page courtesy of Linda Sartor.

Afghanistan Through the Eyes of Its People

An Around The Fire program with a slide show by Linda Sartor about her 2011 trip to Afghanistan with Voices for Creative Nonviolence (formerly Voices in the Wilderness). The slide show brings Linda's experiences to life so that viewers get a sense of the complexities of life in Afghanistan through the eyes of ordinary people. Free program begins with 10 minutes of silent contemplation. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7:00 to 9:00 The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County, 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa.

Sartor will offer her presentation a second time on Tuesday, Mar. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Leisure Lake Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 300 Stony Point Rd., Petaluma. Information at 992-0367 

 Below, a message to the world directly from the Afghan youth.


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