The Helmand Peace Convoy members said they will continue their sit-in protest outside the US embassy in Kabul for an unknown time as right now the activists are working on a letter to be sent to the United States Congress.
The sit-in protest outside the US embassy started on Wednesday.
“They (US embassy officials) contact with us every day and they ask us to talk. We reply that words have been said very much repeatedly during the past 17 years. Why aren’t you taking a step? Why aren’t you changing the situation?” asked Iqbal Khyber, head of the convoy.
Zmarai Zaland, member of the convoy, said he hopes that one day war will be replaced by peace and reconciliation in the country.
“It was a difficult journey,” he said as he remembered their 700-kilometer journey from Helmand to Kabul.
Shukrana, a five-year-old girl, on Friday joined the peace convoy in their sit-in protest for some hours on Fridays. She held a letter on her hands. It was for US President Donald Trump.
“We are tired of war. War is taking our lives. Do not support groups; support us, support the children,” said Shukrana.
Initially, the activists launched a sit-in protest in Lashkargah city after a suicide bombing outside a stadium. About a month later, a group of eight protestors left Helmand on foot for Kabul, all the while spreading messages of peace.
The activists walked through towns and villages, crossed provinces and met with residents along the way. And as they progressed, so their numbers grew.
About 700km later, the group of eight had grown to an estimated 100.
The activists, whose ages range from 17 to 65, come from all walks of life and include students, athletes and farmers among others.