Dr. Hakim

Dr. Hakim, (Dr. Teck Young, Wee) is a medical doctor from Singapore who has done humanitarian and social enterprise work in Afghanistan for the past 9 years, including being a friend and mentor to the Afghan Peace Volunteers, an inter-ethnic group of young Afghans dedicated to building non-violent alternatives to war. He is the 2012 recipient of the International Pfeffer Peace Prize.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 9:30am
How Many Global Crises Can a Fifteen-Year-Old Afghan Take On?
On 31st Jan, I followed Zekerullah, an Afghan Peace Volunteer who coordinates the Borderfree Street Kids School in Kabul, to visit Zuhair and his family in their rented room. Zuhair attends the School on Fridays with 92 other working and street kids, a minuscule number in the context of 6 million...
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 10:30am
Kunduz MSF Hospital U.S. Bombing Survivor: "I Want my Story to be Heard."
“I feel very angry, but I don’t want anything from the U.S. military,” said Khalid Ahmad, a 20 year old pharmacist who survived the U.S. bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz on the 3 rd of October, “God will hold them accountable.” The actions...
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Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 9:15am
A Question from Afghanistan, "Can We Abolish War?"
Hadisa, a bright 18 year old Afghan girl, ranks as the top student in her 12 th grade class. “The question is,” she wondered, “are human beings capable of abolishing war?” Like Hadisa, I had my doubts about whether human nature could have the capacity to abolish war. For years, I had presumed that...
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 9:45am
Not Again, Mr. Obama! On ‘A More Expansive Mission’ in Afghanistan!
President Obama has authorized ‘a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned’. Imagine that, like the late U.S. war veteran Jacob George, you’re sent on this ‘more expansive mission’. Your military helicopter is landing on farmland amidst mud-house...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:45pm
My Father Was Killed by a Computer, Says 7-Year-Old Afghan Child
Imal, a 7 year old Afghan student in the 2nd grade, came to visit us in Kabul. As Imal grew up, he kept asking his mother where his father was. His mother finally told Imal that his father had been killed by a drone when he was still a baby. If you could see Imal in this video , you would want to...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 2:45pm
We’re Human Fodder Caught in the Crossfire of Armed Groups and Armed Governments
“Her father was killed in Helmand amidst fighting between the Taliban and the Afghan/U.S.-NATO forces,” said a relative about Gul Jumma, who looked down, shy and full of angst, sensing a future that’s not promising. Gul Jumma, together with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, expressed their opposition to...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, left, at the start of a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, July 11, 2014. Kerry sought Friday to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates as a bitter dispute over last month's runoff election risked spiraling out of control. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool) Views
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:45pm
Amerikistan, Not Afghanistan... Warocracy, Not Democracy
Afghanistan Analysts Network reported on July 9 that Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah had told gathered crowd "that he had received phone calls from both US President Barack Obama and State Secretary John Kerry and had been told that Kerry would make a stop-over in Kabul on Friday...
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Mi Ryang, standing with Gangjeong Village Association members and Gangjeong’s mayor, outside the Jeju Courts, to refuse paying fines for protests against the U.S. naval base construction. (Courtesy of the author) Views
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 8:00am
From Jeju and Afghanistan, an Asia Peace Pivot
“Don’t you touch me!” declared Mi Ryang. South Korean police were clamping down on a villager who was resisting the construction of a Korean/U.S. naval base at her village. Mi Ryang managed to turn the police away by taking off her blouse and, clad in her bra, walking toward them with her clear...
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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 6:20am
'We Are Those Two Afghan Children Killed by War'
Two young Afghan boys herding cattle in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan were mistakenly killed by NATO forces last week. They were seven and eight years old.
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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 1:41pm
From Afghanistan: My Voice Is Not Political, It Is Human
It’s hard for me, an ordinary citizen of Singapore, a medical doctor engaged in social enterprise work in Afghanistan and a human being wishing for a better world, to write this from Kabul. But people are dying. And children and women are feeling hopeless.
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