Don't think you'll hear much more from Hoggwash, he was either a sock or a ****.
Or answer C.
Firstly, my tuppence-worth, just in case you're on the level, but I don't think you are. The BBC did a radio documentary on this, called "The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan," found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02rtc2k
Or All4's documentary, here: The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan - All 4
It was illuminating, certainly enough to know you're on a hiding to nothing. You may as well try to stop UK youths going night-clubbing.
Secondly, I don't believe you. A quick google search doesn't reveal any information about your "All Survivors Project." There's a similarly named scheme, but not exactly the same. Any fool can set up a gmail or hotmail account.
You state the following:
"If there wasn't a conflict, the US wouldn't have created, trained, funded and supported the ALP and perpetrators would be ordinary men in power."
Sounds to me, like you have an anti-military agenda. It's almost as if you're blaming US military intervention on this despicable practice which has gone on for centuries before the US was even formed.
Thirdly, your "two decades" of experience doesn't jibe with your incredibly naive views. I would've pegged your age at around 18 based on your youthful optimism and "right on" credentials.
You have zero chance of effecting any change in that region. Zero. If the world's biggest army can't change
anything, what on earth do you think you will be able to do? Raise awareness? No one cares.
Get real, these people are savages. They reject modernity and enlightenment and would laugh in your face, before taking you by the hand into their cave for a little twenty on one bum fun.
You are right. The project is not up yet. I will share a link when it is. I don't make things up.
I can keep repeating I don't have any agenda other than to try to begin a process to question and end this practice in Afghanistan and elsewhere. You are not going to believe me. Frankly, I came to this site because one of your colleagues said that 'some decent people who were appalled by what they saw may help you'. Some of you have been helpful and thoughtful for which I am grateful.
Again we come back to cultural issues. In that part of the world, little Ahmed is a burden to his family until he starts earning his own keep.So I hear.
I take all your points about conflict not being a causative factor, being endemic and steeped in cultural acceptance. But aside from the few young individuals who consent to this, I would say given a choice, kids wouldn't want this in their lives.
I don't agree with Huntington and don't have to justify my choices to you.Again we come back to cultural issues. In that part of the world, little Ahmed is a burden to his family until he starts earning his own keep.
Think medieval Europe.
You want to help afghans, try the tried and tested route of reducing infant mortality, promoting the economy and education and develop the country.
You come across as the type of person who is more worried about flaking paint on a window frame when the house is on fire.
You've still failed to address the deep routes cultural issues throughout a whole portion of the world.
Did you bother reading clash of civilisations?
Then get yourself on a flight to Kandahar. You can catch an easy flight from Dubai, they run regularly.I don't agree with Huntington and don't have to justify my choices to you.
Equally medieval with the football abuse I say. The difference is that some brave individuals have opened the lid, others have come forward. There is some support.
I want to help those who suffer abuse. Afghan boys are one of them.
So what your saying isIf there wasn't a conflict, the US wouldn't have created, trained, funded and supported the ALP and perpetrators would be ordinary men in power. The fact that perpetrators belong to a party to the conflict and boys are used for multiple functions in the conflict turns a domestic crime (cultural practice) into a conflict related human rights violation
You should probably listen to those on this thread who have been to Afghanistan and seen it happen. Every one of them is telling you that there's nothing you can do to help and you'll be completely wasting your time, at best. At worst you'll get yourself or someone else killed.I want to help those who suffer abuse. Afghan boys are one of them.
Everybody knows about it, nobody wants to do anything about it. Why? UNICEF is not allowed out of their compound; UNAMA relies on AIHRC staff who are too scared to report; national NGOs need to survive; it's not a priority for humanitarians; there's no clear advocacy for intl human rights orgs. There's a collective hands-off approach because it's too hard to do anything as there's no access, too complex because it's linked to security, culturally entrenched therefore considered impossible to uproot; facilitated by poverty and the need for families to secure whatever benefit can from benefactors; socially accepted as the victims are poor, weak, vulnerable.You know fcuk all about your target set. You have spent years in this industry but are worryingly naive/stupid. I think you're lying about your background. I find it impossible to believe that with aid agencies active in Afghanistan since the 60's, no one has noticed the systematic rape going on around them.
Or comes to a 'squaddie' forum to ask as they don't know where to look for in depth papers that have already been written on the subject in the US and Europe by military and civvies alike.
No one is that stupid. Good wind up, well played!
me being old, I tend to listen to people and make up my own mind, but one thing I have learnt, when 30 different people that I speak to all tell me the same thing is going on, then its trueYou should probably listen to those on this thread who have been to Afghanistan and seen it happen. Every one of them is telling you that there's nothing you can do to help and you'll be completely wasting your time, at best. At worst you'll get yourself or someone else killed.
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