haven of poetry for peace AND DEMOCRACY in Afghanistan
twenty-three years the civil population of Afghanistan has
suffered from a succession of wars.
The effects on the civil population have been devastating:
two million civilians killed, one out of every four Afghans
exiled or displaced, one death from mines every fifteen minutes,
the complete destruction of the infrastructure, in particular
schools, hospitals and the judicial system.
arrival of the Taliban in 1994 was marked by the total exclusion
of women from public life and the abolition of all manifestations
of cultural, artistic and social life.
This proud people, heir to a rich literary tradition
thousands of years old, has seen many of its men and women
writers, poets, artists and musicians reduced to silence through
death, censorship, displacement and exile for having been the
first to express resistance.
poems for peace and democracy
haven of poetry for peace and democracy in Afghanistan
is an appeal for the creation and donation of works from all
around the world to protest against the war and all forms of
violence in Afghanistan. This
project aims to create a movement of solidarity and support and
is an appeal for peace and for the construction of a democratic
system in Afghanistan.
invite poets and writers of different cultures and languages, as
well as literary associations and movements, magazines and
publishers to become involved and contribute to this project.
works – poems or short prose works of one page - may be
a personal reflection of the experience and literary
considerations of the authors; they must, however, be dedicated
to the people of Afghanistan.
They will serve to convey a message of hope to the people
of Afghanistan, a voice of comfort and an affirmation of dignity
for those who have for so long heard only the drums of war.
works collected by CARAVANSERAI:
A HAVEN OF POETRY FOR PEACE AND DEMOCRACY IN AFGHANISTAN will
be published (on a website and in magazines) and will also be the
subject of public lectures and conferences.
Selected works will be published in Dari (the Afghan
variant of Farsi) to be offered to the men, women and children of
Afghanistan, to show to them that there also exists a universal
will for peace.
funds collected through this project will be used to train
teachers and to set up independent non-denominational schools for
the girls and boys of Afghanistan, in order to support the
development of education as a foundation for a culture of peace
PEACE AND DEMOCRACY
YOUR MAGAZINES AND
AND POETICALLY YOUR
to participate in CARAVANSERAI: a haven of poetry for peace and
democracy in Afghanistan?
fill out the form below and send it to us, along with your
enclose my work of one page (poetry or prose) in my original
language (and, if possible, translated into another language of
and publications (maximum five lines):
and contact details of other proposed participants:
mail to: Open
Asia, Caravansérail, 11 rue Toullier, 75005 Paris, France
all further information, or to receive this appeal in Italian,
Spanish, Russian, Dari (Farsi) or French, please contact Nicole
telephone: (33) 1 45 75 70 24 or (33) 6 77 33 35 06
fax: (33) 1 43 64 90 17
electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
transfer all my droits
d'auteur (copyright and moral rights) in respect of the
enclosed work to the project Caravanserai:
a haven of poetry for peace and democracy in Afghanistan.
Open Asia will keep me informed of further events
concerning this project. If
I wish to use or publish these works, I will ensure that the name
of the project Caravanserai: a haven of poetry for peace and democracy in
Afghanistan and the contact details of Open Asia appear
in the publication.
have read the above text and am fully aware of its contents.
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