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'Peace Art' Exhibit Opens In Afghan Capital


Logo for the International Day of Peace on September 21

Logo for the International Day of Peace on September 21

An exhibition of young Afghan artists has opened to viewers at Babur Garden in the western part of Kabul with the aim of "promoting a message of peace to Afghans," RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.

The first of its kind, the exhibition was launched today ahead of the International Day Of Peace on September 21.

In the exhibition, organized by the Firoz Koh cultural NGO, the paintings of 12 young Afghan artists have been displayed, each depicting an image of peace.

One of the artists, Mariam, told RFE/RL that she was "happy about the launch of such exhibitions" in Kabul.

She said her work "depicted how war has made life miserable for Afghan women in Afghanistan."

Minister of Culture and Information Sayyed Makhdum Rahin, and the UN representative in Kabul, Staffan de Mistura, also attended the exhibition's opening.

De Mistura described the exhibition as important in promoting a peaceful message to the people. Referring to the parliamentary elections on September 18, he said he hoped that "those who are fighting in the country" would stop shooting and instead go to the polling stations to "determine Afghanistan's future."
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