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When We Look at You, We Know Peace Is Possible

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I invite them to revisit... when they send aid to the Afghan people that they monitor where it is going and how it is helping the people of Afghanistan. Most certainly help them but help them build their schools, build their roads. Help them get a hope for life.

One young Afghan woman described to me: Afghanistan is like living in a hospital where people are being killed, where people are dying, people are sick -- they don't have the basics of life.

I invite the international community and the forces to turn their military aid towards helping people get the very basics of life in order that they may live free, human and dignified lives in Afghanistan.

And to the women here, I know you're suffering tremendously and I feel for your pain and your suffering. But I encourage you to move beyond your suffering to work for peace and nonviolence, because peace and nonviolence -- you have to work for it.

I know you pray, "Praise Allah" because you are a people of prayer. The Muslim people are a people of faith, a people of prayer. We also need to go out and work very hard for peace.

In Northern Ireland, when we had our war, women didn't normally go out to work for peace, onto the streets and work and build a peace movement. But we knew for the sake of our children and their future, we had to act as well. So, I encourage you to act and work for your human rights, your dignity. The Afghan people have a right to rights and I encourage you to be more vocal in your demand to stop all killing, and to work for peace in Afghanistan.

To my friend President Obama:

President Obama, your foreign policies are killing many people in the world. You're destroying our civil human rights. You're destroying in the world people's hope for a peaceful, united, fair world.

Your policies are not working, for us all, for the American people, for the Afghan people, for the Palestinian people, for the Israeli people, for the people of the world! Change your policies!

We want peace. We're tired of war. We're sick of militarism, war and killing. We don't want to stay on this road anymore. We want a new way. We want a way of friendship, of reconciliation, of working together, of feeding the poor, taking care of each other as a human family.

President Obama, we need you. We need you and the American people to move on to a different foreign policy.

To the children of Afghanistan and the world:

We adults pledge to work hard to make your world safer, more peaceful. And you can help us. You can help us by being happy, by singing for peace, by dancing for peace, by creating peace, by believing in peace because some of the older ones are not so sure peace can happen. But when we look at you, we know peace is possible.

Salam 'aleikum. God bless you all.

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Mairead Corrigan-Maguire was awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her extraordinary actions to help end the deep ethnic/political conflict in her native Northern Ireland. She shares the award with Betty Williams.

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