Footsteps For Peace In Afghanistan
WORLD LANDMINE ERADICATION LEADER TO VISIT EDINBURGH FOR INTERNATIONAL LANDMINE AWARENESS DAY EVENT
Roots of Peace Founder/CEO Heidi Kuhn’s “Footsteps for Peace” Campaign brings her for multiple events in partnership with Asia Scotland Institute
On April 4th, Heidi will be the guest of the Asia Scotland institute for an event at Canongate Kirk: “Footsteps for Peace in Afghanistan: An Evening with Heidi Kuhn,” where Heidi will deliver a talk that will include an up to-the-minute description of conditions on the ground in Afghanistan and light a path to bringing it a long-awaited peace. Conditions in Afghanistan remain dire, but Heidi has a vision to bring sustained prosperity and stability to a country of resolute beauty and enormous potential.
The event will focus on Roots of Peace’s urgent work in Afghanistan– where it is currently combating harsh political conditions and widespread famine. “Afghanistan is the most heavily mined country in the world, yet conversely it is a country which is 80% dependent upon agriculture for jobs,” stated Heidi Kuhn. “It is imperative that we turn MINES TO VINES—replacing the scourge of landmines with sustainable agricultural crops to feed a nation which has 97% unemployment.” Heidi will also discuss troubling recent reports of landmine use by Russia in Ukraine, along a ‘human corridor’ that had been legally designated for safe refugee evacuation. This dishonest and immoral war crime has littered Ukrainian soil with newly planted landmines, unexploded ordnances, and other deadly remnants of war.
In August 2021, when Afghanistan underwent a sudden regime change, Roots of Peace founder Heidi Kuhn immediately knew two things. One, that she had to do everything in her power to protect the 300+ Afghan workers Roots of peace employed across the nation. Two, that she had to fight to protect the organization’s twenty year progress across Afghanistan, where it had removed over 100,000 landmines and replaced them with sustainable, regenerative agricultural infrastructure.
Despite the Taliban takeover, Roots of Peace was able to retain and protect their staff of over 300 Afghan workers, managing over $85 million in contracts, while training an additional 6.6k agricultural workers in advanced horticultural practices that will help feed future generations– a boon to an Afghan job market 80% reliant on agricultural work. Roots of Peace’s work facilitated domestic sales of $4.6 million dollars of crops as the nation faces a food shortage this winter (as recently highlighted by The New York Times). For her work in Afghanistan, as well as the nine other countries where Roots of Peace institutes its “mines to vines” vision for peace, Heidi was named a 2021 Forbes 50 Over 50 Women Who Are Leading the Way in Impact honoree.
Copies of Heidi’s stunning memoir, Breaking Ground: From Landmines to Grapevines, One Woman’s Mission to Heal the World will be available at the event.
On April 5th, starting at 10:00am, Heidi Kuhn will plant a commemorative tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, by kind permission of Simon Milne MBE, Regius Keeper. You are encouraged to reach out at email@example.com if interested as attendance is limited.
For more information about Roots of Peace, please visit their website here.
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