“To all my Afghan family and friends” from Obaid Jamshidi. “We are going through some of the darkest days in our life. A lot of things are racing through our minds in the last couple of days or weeks – what will happen to the future of our generation with Taliban being in power and what will happen to our hard work over the last 20 years and everything we have achieved is going backwards in a matter of a week.
“I have never ever felt that I will be this upset about Afghanistan. However, here we are.
“Watching the devastating situation rapidly developing over our beloved Afghanistan.
“I don’t want to focus on the political side of this issue. However, let me remind you that Afghanistan has long history of conflicts by foreign affairs. Many tried to control the country but failed; from Greeks, to the Persian, Mongols, Sikh, Soviet, British and even to the American and now back to the Taliban.
“This cycle will continue due to the geographical location of the country and its wealth of natural minerals.
“Let me reassure you that at the end of the tunnel there is light. So please don’t give up, don’t lose hope, don’t panic and most importantly don’t lose your temper. We are well educated now and we have learned a lot from the past.
“We will overcome the Taliban one way or the other. Maybe we can change their way of thinking? Or maybe we will kill them with kindness and love? I don’t know tell me!?
“Long live Afghanistan.”
You can read Obi’s earlier story Nov 2016 https://humansingeelong.com/2016/11/23/syrian-crisis-dinner-fundraiser-obaid/
If you are looking for a way of helping. The Australian Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontiers have Afghanistan Campaigns. Also Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and the Refugee Council of Australia are both supporting Afghan Australians who are trying to extend their visas and they also help family members.
Photo: In Kabul 2019.