The organization 2 Million Friends is petitioning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on the U.N. for a Ceasefire in Afghanistan. Below is a portion of their letter:
Dear Honorable Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
We are ‘2 Million Friends’ from Afghanistan and around the world who want peace in Afghanistan.
We strongly urge the United Nations to broker a ceasefire in Afghanistan. We ask the United Nations to call on all the parties in conflict, including competing warlords and the Taliban, the Karzai government, regional players and NATO, to lay down their weapons.
Each day the violence continues means a continuing humanitarian disaster for the people of Afghanistan. It is time for the parties in conflict to seek non-military alternatives and work cooperatively to allocate the funds and resources necessary for a full reconstruction campaign in Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan, especially Afghan mothers, cry out for the wars to cease and for their children to be fed and educated. We ask for their cries to be heard.
The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a grassroots group of ordinary, multi-ethnic Afghans who seek a life of non-violence, equality, self-reliance and the unity of all people. They have met with Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. Together with international friends, they are calling on people around the world to become friends for peace in Afghanistan on December 10th, 2012, the International Day of Human Rights. Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire will join them for events in Afghanistan.
For more about this campaign from 2 Million Friends, visit: Petition | 2 Million Friends call on the U.N. for a Ceasefire in Afghanistan | Change.org.