The Afghan Young Leaders are at work again! The 2nd installment of the “Promising Voices” Youth Summit recently concluded in Jalalabad of Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan. With upwards of 400 youths in attendance, members of our Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative shared their vision and sought recommendations about how they can contribute towards their country’s future.According to Jamil Danish, Strategic Communication Policy Advisor to the Minister for Rural Development of Afghanistan (MRRD), and a member of this year’s class, the Afghan youth “can do everything in their capacity to take the lead and to bring about positive changes in their life and their community for a brighter future.” Currently, preparations are underway for summits in Kabul, Mazar and Kandahar. Read more here.
On a more somber note, a team of AYLI fellows led by Ramin Anwari, co-founder of Sela Foundation, a youth led grassroots organization, organized a protest march in Kabul, denouncing the recent Taliban suicide attack at the Taverna du Liban. The suicide attack at the restaurant and other terrorist activities outside of Kabul directly impacted three AYLI members, resulting in deaths and injuries of their near and dear ones. Ramin is quoted in a NYT piece An Attack on Westerners Helps Bridge a Divide in Kabul. “Every human loss is a tragedy, no matter the nationality,” said Ramin. Other AYLI fellows who were instrumental in organizing the protest include Salma Alokozai, Omaid Sharifi, and Shafiq Hamdam. Among other news coverage of the protest march include Afghan President Again Demands US Airstrikes End; Karzai demands end to US air strikes as condition for Afghanistan security deal; and Afghans protest outside restaurant attacked by Taliban