Afghan peace activists complete 435-mile march to Kabul, demanding extension of ceasefire

Peace activists arrive in Afghan capital after month-long march.   Photo: Reuters

Kabul, June 21 (RHC)-- In Afghanistan, dozens of activists have arrived in the capital Kabul after a 435-mile march to demand peace.  The march began with a dozen youth activists on May 12th and swelled to over 70 men by the end of the 38-day journey, during which they crisscrossed government and Taliban-controlled territory. 

The march's arrival in Kabul comes after the end of a historic three-day ceasefire between the Afghan military and the Taliban. 

Zemarai Zaland, one of the march's organizers, told reporters: “We are calling on both sides (government and Taliban) to find a way for peace and extend the ceasefire.  We are feeling a pain in our hearts, and that’s the pain of our people who are suffering from the conflicts.  We want a ceasefire, and we want both sides to reach lasting peace in the country.” 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino



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