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Helmand Protesters Embark On Hunger Strike

On Monday, the peace convoy drove through the city of Lashkargah, brandishing posters carrying messages of peace.  

Members of the Helmand peace rally on Thursday embarked on a hunger strike after the Taliban and the Afghan government rejected their demands for a ceasefire. 
 
The protesters warned they would continue their hunger strike if their demands are not met by government and the Taliban. 
 
This comes a day after the Taliban demanded a ceasefire on the part of the Afghan government and the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Helmand’s Shorabak base and Kandahar Airport as a precondition for responding to peace calls by women in the southern province.
 
In an audio message sent to the media, the group’s spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the Taliban leadership will respond to the organizers of the peace rally in Helmand if foreign forces are pulled out of Helmand’s Shorabak base and Kandahar Airport.
 
“Neither the Taliban nor the Afghan government responded to our demands for a ceasefire, so we have no option except to continue our hunger strike until a ceasefire is in place, we will not eat until the government and the Taliban call a ceasefire,” said one protestor, Iqbal Khaibar. 
 
“We will not eat food and will not drink water, we will sacrifice our lives for the country,” another protestor, Qais Hashimi said. 
 
“Oh my countrymen, the silence must be broken, marriage ceremonies were bombed, schools and mosques were bombed and no one raised their voice, we will go to Shorabak and Musa Qala and will not remain silent,” added another protestor Ghulam Sarwar Ghafari. 
 
On Monday, the peace convoy drove through the city of Lashkargah, brandishing posters carrying messages of peace.  
 
The sit-in protest was launched on Monday after the Ayub Khan Stadium attack, which killed 16 people and wounded 50 others.

Afghanistan

Helmand Protesters Embark On Hunger Strike

On Monday, the peace convoy drove through the city of Lashkargah, brandishing posters carrying messages of peace.  

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Members of the Helmand peace rally on Thursday embarked on a hunger strike after the Taliban and the Afghan government rejected their demands for a ceasefire. 
 
The protesters warned they would continue their hunger strike if their demands are not met by government and the Taliban. 
 
This comes a day after the Taliban demanded a ceasefire on the part of the Afghan government and the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Helmand’s Shorabak base and Kandahar Airport as a precondition for responding to peace calls by women in the southern province.
 
In an audio message sent to the media, the group’s spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the Taliban leadership will respond to the organizers of the peace rally in Helmand if foreign forces are pulled out of Helmand’s Shorabak base and Kandahar Airport.
 
“Neither the Taliban nor the Afghan government responded to our demands for a ceasefire, so we have no option except to continue our hunger strike until a ceasefire is in place, we will not eat until the government and the Taliban call a ceasefire,” said one protestor, Iqbal Khaibar. 
 
“We will not eat food and will not drink water, we will sacrifice our lives for the country,” another protestor, Qais Hashimi said. 
 
“Oh my countrymen, the silence must be broken, marriage ceremonies were bombed, schools and mosques were bombed and no one raised their voice, we will go to Shorabak and Musa Qala and will not remain silent,” added another protestor Ghulam Sarwar Ghafari. 
 
On Monday, the peace convoy drove through the city of Lashkargah, brandishing posters carrying messages of peace.  
 
The sit-in protest was launched on Monday after the Ayub Khan Stadium attack, which killed 16 people and wounded 50 others.

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