Women in Helmand took to the streets on Sunday to welcome Taliban members and called on them to stop their fighting.
Helmand Women Appeal To Taliban To Extend Ceasefire
Women in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand called on the Taliban on Sunday to extend the ceasefire so that peace and security can be restored in the country.
The women who poured out on to the streets in the provincial capital of Lashkargah welcomed the Taliban, who came into the city, with bunches of flowers and asked the group to extend their ceasefire.
They said that the people of Afghanistan are now tired of war and violence and they want peace.
Over the past three days, the Taliban have been seen at many public venues in various regions of Afghanistan celebrating Eid-al-Fitr.
“We want peace, people are tired of war, we don’t want families to lose their loved ones anymore, therefore we want to raise our voice for peace,” said one resident in Helmand, Shagofa.
“I have lost two members of my family, we don’t want more members of our families to be killed,” said a resident of Lashkargah city, Majan.
“The Taliban and the security forces are brothers to each other, we don’t want our bothers to be killed anymore,” said another resident, Jamila.
Meanwhile, Taliban fighters in Helmand have said that the Taliban are also tired of war.
The Helmand governor has also welcomed the ceasefire.
“I have served in Helmand’s Band-e-Taimor region over the past ten years, now I am in Lashkargah and I am very happy when I see my countrymen come and welcome us,” said a local Taliban commander in Helmand, Ghazi.
“The president has extended the ceasefire for an unknown period of time and this is good news for all of us as it stops more wars,” said Helmand governor, Mohammad Yasin.