Peace protestors once again took to the streets of Lashkargah City on Saturday carrying messages of peace to residents in the volatile southern province of Helmand.
The protestors called on Afghans to join the campaign and raise their voices for peace and an end to violence.
The peace convoy drove to Lashkargah’s outskirts and to Nawa district.
“We drive through the city. We give them (residents) the message of peace and security,” said Padshah Khan, one protest organizer.
“Peace is our goal, overcoming calamity in this country is our goal. Our goal is unity and an end to violence,” Mohammad Khan, a protester, said.
Some residents of Lashkargah joined them in their campaign. They called on warring parties to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
“We support this peace campaign. We will be very happy if peace is ensured,” Khiyal Mohammad, a resident of Lashkargah city, said.
The peace campaigners also installed boards at the city’s roundabouts with messages of peace.
This comes three days after some residents and tribal elders from Herat, Farah and Paktia provinces established sit-in camps to support Helmand’s peace campaign.
A new sit-in camp was also established in Gereshk district on Thursday.
The Lashkargah protestors, including women, have vowed to continue their demonstration until their demands for a ceasefire by both the Taliban and government have been met.
On Monday this week, a second group of activists embarked on a sit-in in Nawa district in support of the peace campaign. The Gereshk sit-in is the third in the province to be established in the past few weeks.
The Lashkargah sit-in was sparked by the deadly car bombing, two weeks ago, outside a stadium in the city following a wrestling match.