Afghanistan 2014 – The Forgotten War: Britain’s Legacy

A day conference to support peace and justice for Afghans

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Saturday, 11th October, 2014 10:00am to 4:30pm 

 Friends House, 173 Euston Road,

London NW1 2BJ

The NATO/US war with Afghanistan is currently in its 13th year and no closer to bringing peace and justice for Afghans.

The war has however provided Britain with a testing ground for its growing armed drone fleet which will now likely be redeployed to the Middle East or Africa. It laid the foundations for the global war on terror and the justification to invade many other countries.

As the ‘global war on terror’, as it is characterised by Western powers, rolls on and expands to more and more countries we will not forget the people of Afghanistan and how the long war there has shaped global politics today.

The conference will foreground Afghans living in Kabul, and the UK, and their experiences of the present and expectations for the future as international forces withdraw from the country at the end of 2014 and the election of a unifying government for Afghanistan is mired in confusion and uncertainty. .

Women from the Afghan Peace Volunteers will speak with us from Kabul by live video link, and Sabir Zazai and Farzana will lead a workshop about the problems Afghans face in the UK and how they are overcoming them.

Key note speakers include Frank Ledwidge, author of Investment in Blood: The True Cost of Britain’s Afghan War and Chris Cole, Director of Drone Wars UK.

Frank Ledwidge, a barrister and former British military officer, pieces together the colossal human and financial cost of the war in Afghanistan for Afghans and British, and weighs up what it was all for. While Chris Cole, a tireless investigative campaigner, outlines the case against drones from his research into the use of British military drones in Afghanistan in an environment of official secrecy and obfuscation.

In smaller groups participants can join focused sessions – Joining the dots – Drones, Gaza and the War on Terror with investigative journalist and campaigner Ewa Jasiewicz and VCNVUK’s Maya Evans.

Journalist and photographer Guy Smallman, who has extensive experience working in Afghanistan, showcases his collaboration with street children in Kabul – displaying their photography from education projects with cameras. The story the children tell of their world through the lenses of cameras is extraordinary is premiering in London this Autumn.

Film maker Janey Moffat with Yagana will show her film Afghanistan: a difficult birth. Janey travelled to Kabul with VCNVUK in 2013 and recorded the challenges Afghan women face from childbirth to equality.

Please join Voices for Creative Non Violence UK and friends for their second annual conference.

To register, and for more information about the conference contact vcnvuk@gmail.com

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