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Evans, Maya

Mother Mariam and Habib

We are sitting on the floor in a simple outhouse room attached to the Afghan Peace Volunteer’s compound, the unheated space is normally used for teaching local children various classes. Habib and his mother Mariam sit in front of us motionless, Mariam wears the burqa so it is not possible to read her face and ascertain how she might be feeling, the tentative expression on Habib’s face tells us that their life is hard.

It was around 2 months ago when I first met 12 year old Habib, he arrived on the doorstep with some of his friends wanting to join the Street Kids Project being run by the APV- an effort to help some of the 60,000 street kids of Kabul. Habib’s face looked concerned as he clutched his weighing scales- the tool of his trade- 5 Afghanis a go, around 5p.

Since then I have bumped into him a few times. Once outside our local bank- it was the first day of snow and he sat in the doorway shivering, his scales by his side, his ragged thread bare clothes offered small benefits to the freezing cold. I then saw him a few weeks later with his friends, who also work the streets, they were playing tag by the river, their faces beamed with exhilaration as they ran up and down a small unpaved road.

Maya Evans returns from the first British peace delegation to Afghanistan

“If a Talib was in this room now, I know there is only one way forward to resolve the situation… forgiveness”.

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Refugee winter

Maya Evans is in Kabul with Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Photos by Guy Smallman.

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Tea for Peace

Maya Evans is in Kabul with Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

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Stepping into in Kabul

Maya Evans gives eye witness report from Kabul where she is on a delegation with the US group Voices for Creative Nonviolence

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“Welcome to Afghanistan, land of the brave”

Maya Evans gives eye witness report from Kabul where she is on a delegation with the US group Voices for Creative Nonviolence

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Visiting Afghanistan: a preparation process

Maya Evans prepares for her trip to Afghanistan

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Visiting Afghanistan

As Maya Evans prepares to leave for Afghanistan, PN tracks her progress.

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The delegate prepares herself

Maya Evans gets ready to travel to Afghanistan later this year.

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What's the rush?

Routes into the movement