Let’s go fly a kite in the name of peace in Afghanistan

PEACE groups Voices of Creative Non Violence UK and Hastings Against War are holding a kite-flying weekend in solidarity with Afghan peace activists for the Afghan New Year.

Kite flying is well-loved in Afghanistan and was banned under the Taliban. This weekend’s event is part of the Fly Kites Not Drones campaign.

St Leonards peace activist Maya Evans, who has visited Kabul three times, said: “Afghans have endured 34 years of war, it’s one of the worst countries in the world to live due to violence, poor health care, corruption, drug abuse, land displacement, and mental health. In addition it is also the drone capital of the world where the use of drones, especially British ones, are set to rise.

“Having an omnipresent killer robot hovering overhead 24/7 is furthering the destruction of Afghan society.

“I have very dear Afghan friends who have lost innocent loved ones to drone strikes, and it is heart-breaking to see the repercussions.”

To take part in the action join Maya and Hastings Against War tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday on the West Hill, near the cafe, from 10am. The campaign is part of a international action with more than 20 other groups also flying kites over the Afghan New Year weekend,