„There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life… you steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a ather. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness… there is no act more wretched than stealing.“
Hosseini wrote that in his book The Kite Runner, most of you have heard about it. We could say his country, Afghanistan, is a stolen country indeed. Yeah, that Afghanistan everybody talked about twelve years ago, but now somehow forgets it exists.
Well, it’s still out there, still messed up, still needing attention and changes. How bad is it really?
I will give you some of the statistics for the past year (2013.)
Economy is really bad, around 36% of the population lives under the poverty line, almost half of the population is younger than 14, and around 4% older than 55. Only 20% of the population lives in urban areas (mostly in the capital city of Kabul).
Healthy system is not functioning well (at all), and the country is still world’s number one when it comes to deaths of the newborns (119 deaths/1000 births). Afghanistan made the top ten in some other things too – around 33% of the children younger than 5 are malnourished (10th country in the world) and it’s ranked number 4 considering the amount of mines lying all around the country. Only 28% of the population is literate. The society is divided, torn apart by the decades of conflicts, traumatized and higly polarized. Everything seems to be deepening the (already) black scenario.
…And then there’s Band e Amir, big national park, six beautiful lakes in Hindu Kush mountains. It would be on many tourists „to see“ lists, but now – only soldiers take photos of it, from time to time.
How to solve all of this, how to find a way out?
First step – start paying more attention. Be informed. React. Wherever you are.
„There is a way to be good again“, Hosseini wrote.