Afghanistan’s Generation Z has grown up in a 17-year window overshadowed by war and a heavy international presence and now faces an uncertain future and the possibility of stark change
The start of 2019 has brought for Afghanistan a tantalising hope of peace, as the Taliban sat down for talks first with Americans in Qatar and with senior members of the Afghan elite in Moscow. Donald Trump has told Americans his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan and would be able to reduce US troops there as negotiations advance to end America’s longest war.
No one knows what form a new government may take or how much control the Taliban might have under any deal, but for young people who were babies when the Taliban were driven from power by a US-led campaign in 2001, the prospect of peace with the hardline Islamists brings a daunting mix of hope and fear.
Peace means a lot to me so I can carry on with my artistry but without peace there is no hope for a better future
There should be access to music for everyone and women’s rights must be protected
We are thirsty for peace. We want peace so people can run their businesses and live comfortably
I want the Taliban to change their policy and not behave like before
We’ve witnessed a lot of conflicts, it’s enough, we don’t want to be witnesses for any more tragedy”
Afghan females have had a lot of achievements in sports. I am optimistic that the Taliban will accept these achievements
We want to see an end to the current conflict. We are hopeful for a lasting peace between the government and the Taliban
I’m not very much optimistic about peace in this country. I don’t think the Taliban will make a deal with the government
We want peace for the sake of our country’s welfare. We don’t want any more suicide attacks and explosions
We’re afraid that if the Taliban come then we will not be able to hold our shows. If American troops go, peace will come
Peace requires everyone to lay down their arms and think about the education and prosperity in the country
We will only welcome the Taliban if they accept democracy and its values in the country