LITTLE KABUL STORIES EPISODE 1
Little Kabul Stories Episode 1, featuring Parvin Harooni, Abdul Tawab Wahab and Layma Murtaza will be aired on Comcast Cable station 28 on November 6th, 2014 at 9.00pm. Tune in to learn more about Bay Area Afghan American community stories!
Thank you to all who attended and made the Little Kabul Stories Premier screening event a success!
Ustad Benish, Little Kabul Stories participant
Fariba Nawa, Little Kabul Stories participant
Shafiqa Ansary, Little Kabul Stories participant
Layma Murtaza, Little Kabul Stories participant
Saturday June 7, 2014 2-5 pm
Little Kabul Stories Oral History Video Screening and Community Discussion – Please join us to explore the experiences, perspectives and culture of Bay Area Afghan Americans.
39155 Liberty Street
Fremont, CA 94538 [Look for the colored sign outside]
Screenings: SFSU campus, June 2014 [Journalism and Anthropology Departments]
Screening: Mt. Diablo Senior Center, June 2014 FARSI LANGUAGE ONLY. RSVP and flu shot required.
by Aisha Wahab, co-director Little Kabul Stories
The Afghan Community of Northern California held a memorial at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont on Saturday. More than 500 people came to mourn the loss of the roughly 5,000 innocent individuals kidnapped, tortured and killed by the Soviet-backed government of Afghanistan in 1978-1979.
Recently, the Netherlands National Prosecutor’s Office and National Police made the 30-year-old death list public. The individuals who were confirmed on the list included men, women and children as well as different ethnicities of the Afghan community.
Khedamat Amniat Daulati, the government organization modeled after the K.G.B. of the Soviet Union, were believed to be responsible for these kidnappings and mass murders.
This is just one of the lists that has been released with the names of those killed. Previously, lists of more than 12,000 people have been published with speculation of thousands of other unknown victims.
The memorial had dozens of volunteers wearing green armbands, and women wearing a small scarf over their heads or around their necks out of cultural respect, while everyone wore a green ribbon in honor of those lost in the 35 years of war. There was artwork done by local artists, and photos of the victims on tables and a board where many wrote their thoughts.
“This memorial will be for all Afghans to heal, together.There are those who are still lost or never heard from but this memorial is to offer the community some closure,” said Aisha Wahab, an event organizer.
Fremont is home to a very large population of the Afghan diaspora. Wahab explained that these crimes took place roughly 10 years before she was born but many young Afghan Americans want peace after 35 years of war, to come together and mobilize for a positive change.
“We are the lucky ones, and we must remember what happened, and what could happen,” said Rona Popal, executive director of the Afghan Coalition. “We seek justice for the fallen, and want to have those criminals be held responsible.”
The Afghan Coalition, a nonprofit in Fremont, offered counselors that spoke Pashto, Dari and English to those affected by the release of the death list.
The event was sponsored by other organizations including Afghan American Muslim Outreach, Children of War.
(Featured in the San Jose Mercury News)