Dr. Hakim

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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Iqbal Khyber and Badshah Khan bring a breath of fresh air. (Photo: Dr Hakim) Views
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Nonviolent Afghans Bring a Breath of Fresh Air
Grade 12th Afghan student Jamila Omary asked, “Do you have any plans to arm yourselves, because of the threats and dangers you have faced?” Iqbal Khyber answered, “No. Though it is easy to buy weapons today, arming ourselves will worsen the war. Weapons will make us less secure.” What a breath of...
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The People’s Peace Movement ( PPM ) walking barefoot to the Northern provinces of Afghanistan, led by a blind member of their group, Zindani. (Photo: PPM’s Facebook Page) Views
Monday, August 20, 2018
In Afghanistan, Our Need to Rethink the Institution of War
It’s frustrating that whereas all human beings wish to live meaningful lives, we seem helpless in the face of a few individuals waging wars and exploiting our world. But we can each do something about this insensible status quo, as ordinary folk of the People’s Peace Movement ( PPM ) show us by...
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“Afghan peace is needed for Afghans like water for a thirsty man.” (Photo: Flickr/MilitaryHealth/CC) Views
Monday, August 06, 2018
Can Afghans Convince Us That the Method of War Isn’t Effective?
Can Afghans convince us that the method of war doesn't work? If we’re still quietly hoping that wars would end and people all over the world would get along peacefully, the dreams and demands of the Helmand Peace Convoy would give us courage and evidence. When Amanullah Khateb joined the Convoy,...
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
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 08, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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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