Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and Rochester Against War
invite you to celebrate Nowruz, the Afghan New Year, with Kite Flying.
Cobbs Hill Park
Saturday, March 22,
1:00 – 3:00 PM
(by Lake Riley on Culver Road across from the Armory)
Bring your own Kite
or fly one of ours!
The Afghan Peace Volunteers are calling for an International Weekend of kite flying in opposition to the piloting of lethal Reaper and Predator drones over the towns and cities in Afghanistan threatening their homes and their families.
In Afghanistan, kite flying is a traditional activity to celebrate Nowruz, their New Years holiday which falls on the Spring equinox. Kite flying is a popular game played by children and adults in Afghanistan. One can vision the kites filling the sky in early spring as people emerge from their homes following a harsh winter in the mountains of Afghanistan. What a wonderful sight! Here in Rochester, March winds should be good to lift our kites and our spirits as well.
The Afghan Peace Volunteers wish to live without war and without drone strikes. They ask “Why not love?” These young people were born into a war that has plagued their country for decades. As US troops leave at the end of this year, they hope the drones will go with them so the war can really, finally end. You can see their video invitation by clicking either of the pictures in this email.