NEWS: Despite constant attacks on public demonstrations, 4500 people gathered for the World Cleanup event in Afghanistan

15/9/2918 Huge death tolls that shock us in the headlines are becoming commonplace in Afghanistan. Yet Afghan people do not give up and have united with World Cleanup movement. “Ongoing conflict has intensified in all parts of the country, which might have serious impact on our effort. However, we will keep our goal high and […]

15/9/2918

Huge death tolls that shock us in the headlines are becoming commonplace in Afghanistan. Yet Afghan people do not give up and have united with World Cleanup movement. “Ongoing conflict has intensified in all parts of the country, which might have serious impact on our effort. However, we will keep our goal high and also fully consider the safety and security of our teams,” said Khan Agha Dawoodzai, Team Leader of Let’s Do It Afghanistan when planning the Cleanup Day.

Safety is the highest priority  

Personnel safety and security was the highest priority and all provincial teams were advised to take special measures to mitigate the high risk and ensure the safety of volunteers and communities who are engaged in the campaign. For instance, volunteers were told to avoid groups bigger than four people, to assess the situation carefully and not to organize any clean-ups in the high-risk areas as well as cancel the activity in case of any suspicions.

Let’s Do It Afghanistan environmental activists under the leadership of the Bureau for Rights Based Development (BRD) called the public – men and women, civil society, government institutions, private sector, national and international organizations, UN agencies to join to clean the country from waste and plastics, and take active steps towards cleaner Afghanistan. There were about 13 000 potential volunteers registered for the cleaning event, regardless of all the struggles and daily treats.  

And then, just a few days before the Cleanup Day – a suicide bombing in east Afghanistan took place and killed at least 68 people, in one of the deadliest insurgent attacks in recent months.

We are on board!

But even that did not break the spirit of the dedicated people and today we can say that Afghanistan is one of the 156 countries united to clean the World. Afghanistan World Cleanup Day took place on the 14th September and today, mr. Khan is feeling relief because everything they have worked for many months already, has come to fruitful results without any incidents whatsoever. The Cleanup even continued today, nine provinces took part with total amount of 4500 people! The biggest group to join was the youth association Movement of Change, also the department of environment, mayors of provinces, political figures, and local authorities. Despite the fact that all volunteers had to bring their own bags and gloves, they managed to gather about 550 m3 of trash.  

The biggest challenge was of course safety, but tight cooperation with local authorities guaranteed the safety of the volunteers. “It was a struggle to show the world – we are still on board,” was the Team Leader Khan Agha Dawoodzai proud of the results. Khan was very happy to see people still joining in despite recent and overall attacks on public events. “We have to let people know and to make them see that it is our home and we must become aware of it; that we are in this life together and only together we may change the world to a better place!”

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World Cleanup Day events can be followed through the homepage  www.letsdoitworld.org. The 24-hour, non-stop World Cleanup Live Show will cover the cleanups across the globe. The show is hosted by Irish TV presenter and producer Colm Flynn and TV presenter Zihlo Ndlovu from Zimbabwe and will be broadcast from Tallinn, Estonia. It will be aired via the World Cleanup Day website https://www.worldcleanupday.org/and also via Facebook and YouTube channels.

The year 2018 marks 100 years since the founding of the Republic of Estonia. World Cleanup Day 2018 is Estonia’s biggest gift to the world on its 100th anniversary. More information about the centenary events can be found at www.EV100.ee

More information:

Website:  www.worldcleanupday.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/worldcleanupday2018/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/letsdoitworld

Tiina Urm, Head of Communication

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