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Promise of brighter future: Marawara elders gather to learn Afghan constitution

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101 Kunar Province, Afghanistan – More than 100 elders affected by the recent operations in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province gathered together in the Shura hall of the Marawara district center July 10th to discuss the Afghan constitution.

Less than two weeks after coalition forces and Afghan security elements rid the district of a large group of insurgents, the meeting was an unprecedented show of security and support for the Afghan government. Meshrano Jirga member Rafiullah Haideri, Kunar Governor Fazlullah Wahidi and Marawara District Sub-governor Sayed Mehboob Pacha joined numerous provincial-level and district-level government officials at the event.

“You have to be like a bridge between two sides so people can cross — telling people not to fight and encouraging them to go to the government,” said Amir Mohammad Safi, tribal affairs advisor to the governor, during the meeting.

Kunar Deputy Sub-Governor Pacha adamantly addresses the elders of the Marawara district about the importance of following the Afghan constitution. The Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team tutored the elders about Afghan law and government. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Amy Abbott, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team)
Kunar Deputy Sub-Governor Pacha adamantly addresses the elders of the Marawara district about the importance of following the Afghan constitution. The Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team tutored the elders about Afghan law and government. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Amy Abbott, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team)

They planned the gathering after about 150 men from Marawara came to the governor’s compound in Asadabad July 3rd at the invitation of Wahidi. During this meeting, the men announced their support for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The meeting at the Marawara district center, scheduled by Abraham Sutherland, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Department of State Rule of Law advisor, and attended by members of the PRT, tutored the elders about Afghan law and government. The event highlighted the role of local government and the elders’ own role in promoting security and working with their local government officials.

More than 100 elders affected by the recent operations in the Marawara District gathered together in the Shura hall of the Marawara district center July 10th to discuss the Afghan constitution. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Amy Abbott, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team)

“Where there is rule and law, there will be no problems,” said Noor Mohammad Khan, deputy governor of Kunar, in the meetings opening remarks.  “We are thirsty for better security.”

He went on to urge the audience of elders, seated quietly along the floor of the hall, to be “against people who are against our country.”

Haji Mohammad Wahab, Kunar Hoquq director, conducted the classroom portion of the event. He reviewed basics of the Afghan constitution with the elders discussing how the citizens of Afghanistan – whether man, woman or child – have equal rights and duties before the law and that no one will be deprived of the right of life other than by provision of the law.

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An elder reads a copy of the Afghan constitution as he joins more than 100 elders affected by the recent operations in eastern Kunar province who gathered in the Shura hall of the Marawara district center July 10th. The Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team  tutored the elders about Afghan law and government. (Photo by Abraham Sutherland, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team)
An elder reads a copy of the Afghan constitution as he joins more than 100 elders affected by the recent operations in eastern Kunar province who gathered in the Shura hall of the Marawara district center July 10th. The Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team tutored the elders about Afghan law and government. (Photo by Abraham Sutherland, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team)
Fazlulah Wahidi, Kunar provincial governor, greets the elders at the Marawara district center. He joined Meshrano Jirga member Rafiullah Haideri, District Sub-governor Sayed Mehboob Pacha, and numerous provincial-level and district-level government officials at the event.  (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Amy Abbott, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team)
Fazlulah Wahidi, Kunar provincial governor, greets the elders at the Marawara district center. He joined Meshrano Jirga member Rafiullah Haideri, District Sub-governor Sayed Mehboob Pacha, and numerous provincial-level and district-level government officials at the event. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Amy Abbott, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team)
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