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    People With Scars: Victims of War in Afghanistan Call for Peace

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    A photo exhibition, 'Scars of War: Images of Afghan Anatomy,' which presented pictures of victims who suffered through the armed conflict, was held in Kabul. One of the organizers told Sputnik Dari that its basic idea was not only to express sympathy for the victims, but also to call for peace, showing the horrors of war as realistic as they are.

    Photographs from Kabul, Kandahar and Kunduz provinces were in the center of the exposition.

    Every picture told a personal tragic story of loss and resilience during the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan over the past decades.

    Day by day, the number of the Afghan war victims increases. Someone loses a life, others become permanently disabled. Politicians speak about the need to stop the fighting and establish peace in the country, but they are guided by strategy and assessing the geopolitical situation, Hadi Muarefat, one of the exhibition organizers, believes.

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    Afghanistan: the scars of war

    "Those who are not immersed in the Afghan war often know about it only from the words of the slogans that are pronounced from high podiums, but not from the inside. You can estimate the prospects of the victims only when you see them," Muarefat told Sputnik.

    "Those who saw these photos will realize that peace is not a political deal and not an agreement between individuals, but something much more important and global. We expect that the Afghan government will hear the message of peace, which is delivered from each of these pictures," he continued.

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    Afghanistan: the scars of war

    The "scars of war" are not only physical injuries, but the broken lives of hundreds of Afghan civilians, Muarefat explained:

    "It is something impossible to erase from your memory, something impossible to accept, and something oppressing. The people in these pictures are the ones who did not want to take these terrible thoughts to their graves, and decided to share them in the name of peace."

    "In my opinion, the exhibited photographs reflect the war in all its frightening fullness," the organizer of the event concluded.


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