By MALIK MERCHANT
(Publisher-Editor, Barakah, Simerg and Simergphotos)
PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: We wish to remind Jamati members in Afghanistan that they should remain calm, and not give in to panicked reactions. A Jamati advisory was issued on August 20, 2021 to that effect (please read it in English and Farsi). We have learnt from newspaper reports that tens of thousands of Afghan citizens, out of panic, have shown up at the gates of Kabul airport hoping to get a flight out of the country. This panicky rush has resulted in seven deaths. Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, is giving constant guidance and direction to the Jamati leadership in addressing the developments that are taking place in the country. A special AFGHANISTAN HELPLINE has also been set up. As per the advisory and announcements being made in Jamatkhanas around the world, we are gratified to learn that “Ismaili and AKDN institutions remain safe, and have not come under any undue pressures, and that in accordance with Mawlana Hazar Imam’s guidance, all our institutions continue to operate as normal”.
These daytime and night-time photos of the beautiful Hibiscus flowers were taken at the Aga Khan Park in Toronto in the last week. The post is dedicated to the children, girls, sisters and mothers in Afghanistan, with the hope that they will be given the opportunity to become fully engaged in the country’s development, progress, growth and prosperity in the years ahead.
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Last Word: The Pigeons and the Hibiscus
Through wisdom, may compassion, love, peace and power be given to the women of Afghanistan
Date posted: August 22, 2021.
Another version of this post appears in Simergphotos.
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Heart-felt prayers for our girls and women…beautiful colorful pictures!!!
Soulful flowers. Mubarak.
Thanks for the feelings and efforts for appreciating and motivating the Afghan Jamat but when you struggle for 20 years to make a career and try to complete your dreams and goals, and suddenly a storm comes and destroys all your efforts, how do you feel? It is the second time that I am facing such a situation, with many other Jamati members. We have tolerated the situation and half of our life passed in war. I know despondency is sin but how long do we wait to have a peaceful life?
Thank you for the feelings and encouragement.
Yes our prayers. Beautiful photographs