The local government in Helmand has responded to the demand of “peace convoy” in the province by accepting to agree on a ceasefire with the Taliban as the residents’ hunger strike entered the second day on Friday.
The peace convoy protestors went on a hunger strike on Thursday after their demands were not met by government and the Taliban.
Some participants of hunger strike protest are those who have lost members of their families in war and violence in the province.
They said the Helmand residents are tired of war and that they ask government and the Taliban to announce a ceasefire, and end war and violence.
One member of the protest, Khodaidad, said he has lost four members of his family in last Friday suicide attack in Lashkargah City.
He said seven other members of his family were wounded in the attack.
“I have no expectation from government and the Taliban; they both are working for foreigners. But people will stand as the Turkey people uprising. You saw what happened there. If we stay united, nothing will be able to resist against us,” said Khodaidad.
Another protester, Mohammad Arif, said four of his relatives were killed and five others were injured in last Friday suicide attack.
“There is no one in Afghanistan to say he does not want peace. Only the anti-government insurgents want war. No one else wants the people to be killed and wounded,” said Arif.
Helmand peace rally members said they would not break the hunger strike unless the Taliban responds positively to their demand for a ceasefire in the province.