Mazari youth paint murals to support peace


BALKH: Youths in Mazar-i-Sharif city, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Tuesday participated in a street art campaign to throw weight behind peace in Afghanistan, as well as condemn war.

The program was initiated by Bawar Media Center in collaboration with Midiothek Afghanistan, Civil Society Network and German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Young artists who took part in the program painted murals of peace on Mazar Hotel walls in order to spread the message of peace to the whole world, particularly the international community, the Afghan government and the warring sides in Afghanistan.

Around 20 youths, who were busy painting messages of peace on the city walls, stressed that peace was one of the highest dreams of Afghans and thus they tried to spread its positive aspects and encourage people to support it.

Bawar Media Center head, Sher Shah Amiri, said that one of the aims of the program was to promote the culture of advocacy for peace in the country.

Nasiba and Howaida, two artists who participated in the drive, also said that people should know about become accustomed to the culture of promoting peace. “All the different classes of society should partake in this drive.”

Matiul Rahman Karimi, information and culture director for the province, welcomed the initiative and said these works of art could significantly change the public perspective about peace.

The art campaign about peace in Balkh happens as militants are active in many parts of the province and often engage in conflicts.