Generation Outside Afghanistan was very happy to be invited to participate at the European Conference Declaration: “AFGHAN DIASPORA CALL TO ACTION” which took place on May, 15 and 16, 2022 in Brussels, consisting of 100 members representing more than 70 countries. We thank the Danish Refugee Council, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the organizations involved in creating this opportunity to come together from around the world and enabling us to exchange information about our work from the countries we’re based.
We found the Conference to be very informative and productive and meeting many organizations working in Afghanistan as well as many organizations, like GOA, outside of Afghanistan. We found there is a very strong second generation of Afghans who grew up abroad who can represent Afghanistan and bring about great changes.
The history of Afghanistan is well-known as many organizations have been active in bringing attention to the issues. Because the Taliban is without formal education and therefore illiterate, it is evident to many organizations, and to us as well, that they must not be recognized as a nation. Since the Taliban military overtaking of power, genocide still continues to openly take place in Afghanistan.
The Afghan genocide is known world-wide. The first message delivered by the Conference organizations was for the Afghan diaspora to pressure international communities to have this terrorist organization removed from power in order to help all those trapped inside the country. This is not easy. It will need time and numerous bold undertakings.
For these reasons, the Afghan diaspora will be dealing with asylum applicants/refugees on a world-wide scale to enable them to integrate in the countries they reside and in order for them to have access to education, health, work, security and to live peacefully like everyone else on the planet.
Key speakers provided solutions to the Afghan issues by promoting a just life for all nationalities, religions and languages in Afghanistan. The most important issue is the Hazara genocide. Also stressed is the lack of women’s rights as well as that Afghanistan is regressing a thousand years backward. Afghanistan is not keeping up in today’s world of technology.
To be able to accomplish these tasks, we must build trust between us, we must build cooperation among us, we must build equality and remove discrimination. We must create space for empathy among us and reconcile any differences. Especially the educated second generation inside and outside of Afghanistan must build bridges connecting religions, languages, nationalities and genders to create chances for the Afghan people to live compatibly in modern times.