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Country Profile: Afghanistan

A completely landlocked country in south-central Asia, Afghanistan has a population of almost 30 million people. The country has suffered much political and economic instability throughout its history, including many decades of civil war. In August 2021, the 20-year US-led military presence in the country ended. The transition of power was marked by chaos, violence, and mass evacuations of foreign nationals and Afghan citizens. The new government has raised concerns about human rights violations, particularly regarding women and minority groups, and the potential for increased violence and instability in the region. The international community, including the United Nations and various governments, has called for protecting Afghan civilians and forming an inclusive government. 

Unfortunately, the Omid Play for Peace Club in Afghanistan was closed due to the circumstances. For years they worked tirelessly to create community engagement and participation, spread a culture of peace, and promote coexistence between and within local communities. The group brought laughter and joy to Afghan children who have suffered decades of war, violence, and conflict. They focused on helping these children cope with social disputes and inter-ethnic tensions and strengthening community participation and inclusion. 

Their work began after certified trainers Swati Bhatt and Agyatmitra Shunya facilitated a training in Delhi, India, in January 2019 with several local peacebuilders who planned to bring Play for Peace to Afghanistan. After intense efforts to introduce Play for Peace concepts there, in February 2019, trainer Shafi K. and fellow participants held the first consultation meeting on how to utilize Play for Peace’s methods and practices in the Afghanistan community. In March 2019, the Omid Club was established but was closed in mid-2021 for the safety of the Play for Peace members and their community.  

"Through Play for Peace, children in my community are joyfully participating, putting misunderstandings and disagreements behind in order to start a new life filled with peace."   

Fatima A.
Play for Peace Participant 

Play for Peace Club, Stories, and Projects

 - Inactive - 

Omid Club

Guzara District, Herat Province 

  • Jun 18, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected countless communities of people in countries across the world, and Afghanistan’s Herat Province is no different. In a place where many live hand to mouth, lockdowns have left people without any source of income for food, basic necessities, or places to live.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    In March 2019, Play for Peace initiated its first club in Afghanistan. For one child living there, being able to spread joy and hope in her community through cooperative games and activities has been a dream come true.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    Serious conflicts have arisen from the continuous battle for peace and freedom in Afghanistan. In the midst of these conflicts, Shafi Karimi, a Play for Peace trainer there, has introduced Play for Peace methods and goals in order to create positive change in his community.