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Happy Father’s Day from Alaha Ahrar, World Poetry Youth Team Director!

 

Ariadne’s Note: This letter  from  Alaha Ahrar, one of our World Poetry family is full of wisdom and history. It is a moving tribute to her Afghan father and to all fathers on this day.

Kh.Abduallah

Kh.Abduallah

My Father is an Afghan Man

Happy Father’s Day

Today many Americans celebrate Father’s Day.  As I Think of such an amazing day, I start remembering all the kindness, love and support that my father has given to all of his children during very tough situation in Afghanistan to this day.

I always try to inform as many people as I can about the generosity, courage and magnificence of Afghan men.  Most people all over the world are very good at judging and generalize the issues that many countries face. As a result, many people have negative stereotypes about Afghan men. They believe that all Afghan men cut the nose and ears of their wives and daughters or that they imprison or kill their wives, or that  they do not allow their female family members to go outside their houses or that they do not let women to get an education.    

All Afghan men are not evil or cruel!

The only thing that is evil and cruel is the stereotypes that some people believe without having enough knowledge about an issue.  People must understand that due to the continuous decades of war, Afghan men are sensitive and critical of their female family members movements. Any wise man in any part of the world would not allow his daughter to go outside the house, while bombs are landing everywhere and some ignorant militants would kidnap or assault his daughter.

I was born and raised during the wars of Afghanistan. My siblings and I grew up during very difficult situation, where there was just war and insecurity. All the educational institutions were closed due to war and instability.  My father, who was a banker struggled to handle all of his responsibilities as a father, husband, brother, son and as the elder of all his relatives. 

These struggles proved my father an extraordinary man.  He is very wise, sincere and rational.  My father strongly believes in equal rights of education for men and women. He believes that all men and women of Afghanistan should receive either academic or industrial education.

Due to the ongoing wars of Afghanistan, the situation became very appalling. There were shocking news reports of assaults, acid attacks and kidnappings of women everywhere in the war zones areas of Afghanistan.

I grew up in Khair Khana, which was one of the safest areas during all the severe civil wars. 

Although Khair Khana was very safe, like all other Afghan men, my father also decided to not allow his daughters to leave the house for a very long time. It was a very tough decision for him but he knew if he let us go outside the house alone something terrible could happen to us. To protect the reputation of his daughters and himself, he decided to not let us to leave the house even for a five minute walk. However, he made our own house an academic institution and environment.   He asked some teachers to come to our own house to teach us mathematics, geometry, physics and English.  My parents’ daily conversation with their children was always about academics and education. The lessons that they taught us were the lessons of peace, care and respect.  My parents are the most amazing parents on earth.  Although they believed that we could not control the political situation of Afghanistan, they knew that we could make our own house a peaceful and loving environment.

My parents stated that we can allow our children to experience peace in our own house so that they can raise their children in a peaceful family environment. Therefore, my parents gave so much love and support to each other and their children. I do not recall a single bad moment between my mother and father. Sometimes they argued but they never argued in front of their children.

My parents always tried to nurture the feelings of love, care and respect in their children. They always told us to live not only for our own selves.  They said, if you want to remain alive, get as much education as you can, afterward with your knowledge and wisdom, help and benefit others. Then even after your death your names will shine worldwide. The future generations of this world will read about your works and will try to follow your schools of thoughts, actions and humanitarian services.

On Father’s Day, I want to share some of my father’s advice with you.  I was almost eleven years old, my siblings and I were having dinner that my father told us:  “You all will grow up and will go in different directions and will have unique jobs. It is possible that you will become very wealthy; so, remember what I tell you today for a lifetime:  Money never bring happiness and success. You all came with bare hands and bare feet to this world and you will leave this world that way. You won’t be able to carry anything with you. Therefore, never be greedy, mean, jealous and stingy. Even if you have ten houses, you will live in one of them at a time, even if you have thousands of cars, you will drive one of them at a time, even if you have zillions of dollars at different banks of the world, you won’t be able to eat more than five meals a day.”

My father said: “here is my advice for all of you. Do not be so greedy that you cannot share even a small amount with others or give to charity, whether it is food, money or other essentials. You need to save some money. Do not be wasteful because if you save nothing for yourself you will not be able to give and help others as well as yourself.  

It is important to keep a balance in life. Give and save! This balance will lead to a happier life for everyone.

I am extremely proud of my parents, especially my father. He is a brilliant man, with a very beautiful heart and soul because of his rational decisions, his children grew up the way he wanted them to.  I truly thank God for granting him as my father.  

My father is one of the examples of many great Afghan men. There are millions of extraordinary and amazing men, who are the nicest and the best friends to their families. Therefore, I truly wish all amazing fathers all over the world a very happy Father’s Day!

Alaha Ahrar

Alaha Ahrar

 

When I first came to this world, I saw you

I was innocent, unaware and unable to know you

However, your fatherly warmth and love

Urged me to trust, believe and gradually view you

Therefore, I went to sleep peacefully and since then,

Never tried to hurt your feelings to sorrow you

You are an extraordinary father that

Generosity, courage and wisdom, God bestow you

Spiritual Meditation and loving creatures’ practices

Have even more distinct and *bashaw you

During all the tough situations and struggles

Your beliefs remain firm and nothing could harrow you

*Bashaw : as a “noble man” in English and as “King” in Turkish and Arabic languages. 

Best regards,
Alaha Ahrar
Saturday, June 15, 2013 (C)

WP Canada International Peace Festival Guests & Awards!

 World Poetry is proud to present the International and National Guests for the  World Poetry Peace Festival! Be sure to hear them May 25-26 at the Richmond Cultural Centre, 100, 7000 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC. Poems and artwork at the two WP Peace Necklace Displays at UBC, May 4-25th. Free events. Hear  and meet selected international and national poets at World Poetry New Westminster ,  6: 30 pm, May 23 at the New Westminster Public Library. 716-6th Ave (Auditorium Room) New Westminster, BC, Canada. 

Celebrate Peace! Meet and Network with the International Poets at the Celebration Gala, May 26, 6pm-11pm. Buy a celebration ticket,$35 per person and two for $60 which includes a gourmet dinner , share poetry and celebrate Peace at the The Executive  Airport Plaza Hotel  and Conference Centre  7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC www.excutivehotels.net is across from the Quality Hotel where most of the International visitors will be staying. Hours 6 pm-11 pm.   Celebration including dinner will be $35.00 or two tickets for $60.00!  Get your ticket now at the shopping cart!  For more information, contact ariadnes@uniserve.com

 If you want to buy  tickets or sponsor a poet with a ticket,  we will send you as a thank you, a World Poetry Certificate or a World Poetry Membership good for a year!

List of International and national guests coming:

1.      Richard Doiron, World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2012, poet/author. Journalism graduate from New Brunswick, Canada. Twice nominated for the Governor-General’s Award. Work read at the United Nations University for Peace (2000). Twice published alongside the likes of the Dalai Lama, by invitation. He will be launching his new book. Richard will be receiving his World Poetry Lifetime Achievment Award at the festival.

2.      Dr. Hadaa Sendoo, Mongolia. World Poetry Ambassador to Mongolia and China. Award winning poet from University of Mongolia, noted author and editor of the world Poetry Almanac. (visa pending) He will be receiving an World Poetry Empowered Poet Award.

3.      Yoshifumi Sakura,  Japan talented poet and World Poetry Youth Ambassador, author of several books and an accomplished musician. He will be receiving an Empowered Poet Award.

4.      Dr. Stephan Gill, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, an Indo/Canadian poet and novelist, Ansted Poet Laureate; Adjunct Prof. EAU. He specializes in global peace and social concerns. He has authored more than twenty books and has received many awards. Dr. Gill will be launching his new book and speaking on peace. He will receive an Empowered Peace Poet Award.

5.      Sajia Alaha Ahrar, known as Alaha Ahrar, is an International student from Kabul Afghanistan. Is a triple major student, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Human Rights, B.A. in Political Science, and B.A in International Affairs. World Poetry Youth Ambassador to Afghanistan and the US, World Poetry Youth team member. She will be receiving her World Poetry Youth Team Pin and receiving an Empowered Youth Poet Award.

6.       Doc. PenPen, Philippines. “The Father of Philippine Visual Poetry” is the writer and director of “Takipsilim,” an award-winning indie docu-film. His upcoming book ”PENTASI B’’ will contain a collection of 100 visual hundred poems and will be launched at the World Poetry International Festival in May.  He will be receiving a World Poetry Father of Visual Poetry  2012 Doc PenPen B. Takipsilim Award.

7.      Attila F. Balázs, author of many books of poems and prose. His prizes and distinctions include the Sighet Poetry Festival Prize (Romania). Written in Magyar, his work has been translated into many languages. He lives in Bratislava, Transylvania. He will be receiving an Empowered Poet award. (Visa pending)

8.      Mr. Khowaja Abadullah Ahrar, well-known poet from Kabul Afghanistan. He has written many extraordinary pieces, writings and numerous poems. All his poems have spiritual messages of love, humanity, and peace. Most of his poems have been published through many radios and TV channels inside and outside Afghanistan. He will be receiving World Poetry Empowered Poet Award for best Persian (Dari, Farsi) languages of two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

9.      Samarendra Patra, India; aged 19 is a second year student of B.Tech-Mechanical Engineering in the prestigious SRM UNIVERSITY, Chennai-INDIA. His sensitivity to his surroundings have sustained him as a poet.-He has written more than 200 poems in three languages-English, Hindi and Oriya. He will be receiving a World Poetry Youth Team Pin and an Empowered Youth Poet Award as well as World Poetry Youth Ambassador to India medallion.

10.  Neamat Haidari, Afghanistan, TV director, photographer and Producer and since 2004. He is working as director with the different media channels such as Tolo TV, Ariana TV and established and Media Production house called Apple Media. His photos will be on display at the WP Poetic Necklace Exhibit at UBC and in Richmond at the main World Poetry Festival event. (visa pending) He will receive an  World Poetry Empowered Afghan Producer Award.

11.  Ms. Husna S. Ahrar, Afghanistan, known as the Ambassador of voice for Afghan women is one of the most talented Afghan young women writers. She has written many stories and short poems, which express the pains and sufferings of Afghan young women. She will be receiving an World Poetry Empowered Afghan Women Award. (Visa pending)

12.   Zayra Yves, USA, award winning, artist, poet and musician, her creative writing is published in numerous print journals, anthologies, on-line e-zines and magazines: The Zimbabwe Situation, Panhandler Quarterly, Voices for Africa, Eyes of the Poet and many others. Her art work is featured at the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival in two WP Poetic Necklace displays. She will be receiving an World PoetryEmpowered peet award.

13.   Manny B. Calpito , World Poetry Award of Merit to OTUSA.TV  Inventor/ Founder.

14.  Marvin U. Mangabat , World Poetry Award of Merit to OTUSA.TV President.

15.    Betty Scott, USA,began her writing career as a columnist for the Wenatchee World, a daily newspaper in the United States. When she became a mom, she put her writing on hold. After her children reached adulthood, she returned to writing poetry and essays. She is an award-winning poet, college instructor, spiritual seeker and activist,  She teaches at Bellingham Technical College and at Whatcom Community College. She will be receiving an WP. Empowered Poet Award.

Come Achieve Peace with us! Come to be Inspired! Come Celebrate!

World Poetry in kind Sponsors and Partners: Exclusive Media Sponsor: CTV. Print Sponsor: TAN-The Afro News. Partners: Signature partner: Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, The Vancouver Tagore Society, Jasmine Dance Group, Canada Council for the Arts, The Writer’s Union, Rice Paper Magazine, The Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop, The Airport Quality Inn Hotel, Aboriginal Writer’s Collective West Coast. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia (UBC Library)

*These are Sponsors and partners in kind, we do not receive any money from them, only services in kind.* However, their help is gratefully appreciated.

With support from the City of Richmond.

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Participants!

Some poets, musicians and dancers from WP International Festival 2011.

World Poetry National and International Participants, (visas permiting)  for the World Poetry Canada& International Peace Festival, May 25-26, 2012. Send your peace poem for the World Poetry Peace E-Book which will be free on site in our new e-book section. Register to celebrate peace with us!

Here is the list of participants planning to attend the World Poetry Canada & International Festival, Inspire, Achieve, Celebrate, One Step Closer to Peace… at the Richmond Cultural Centre, May 25, 26 2012. There will also be other WP venues during the month of May.

Richard Doiron, World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2012, poet/author. Journalism graduate from   New Brunswick, He has been published 47 years, 42 of those as a poet. Estimated 1000 poems published to date. Twice nominated for the Governor-General’s Award. Work read at the United Nations University for Peace (2000). Twice published alongside the likes of the Dalai Lama, by invitation. Author of 17 books in total, including two novels and two biographical works.  He will be receiving his award on May 25 at the World Poetry Canada& International Festival.

Dr. Hadaa Sendoo, World Poetry Ambassador to Mongolia and China. Award winning poet from University of Mongolia, noted author and editor of the world Poetry Almanac. (fluent in Chinese and Mongolian) Dr. Hadaa Sendoo was born in Inner Mongolia on October 24, 1961.  He lives in Ulan Bator, Mongolia where he works as Professor of Literature at the Mongolian National University.  Dr. Hadaa is a poet and translator of international renown.  He has published seven books of poetry including “The Earth’s Words”, and has received many distinctions, culminating in the “Giants of
Creativity Award” (2008) and “The Mongolian Writers’ Union Prize” (2009).
He is also a World Poetry International Committee Member and the World Poetry
Ambassador to Mongolia and China.

Yoshifumi Sakura, talented poet and World Poetry Youth Ambassador, author of several books and an accomplished musician, who was with us in 2011 at the First World Poetry International Conference.

Dr. Stephan Gill, Cornwall, Ontario, an Indo/Canadian poet and novelist, Ansted Poet Laureate; Adjunct Prof. EAU.  He specializes in global peace and social concerns.  He has authored more than twenty books and has received many awards. He will be launching his new book and speaking on peace.

Sajia Alaha Ahrar, known as Alaha Ahrar, is an International student from Kabul Afghanistan. Is a triple major student, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Human Rights, B.A. in Political Science, and B.A in International Affairs. She will also receive a Middle Eastern Studies certificate from the University of Mary Washington. She was born during Afghanistan’s war, graduated from Istiqlal high school, in Islamabad Pakistan and is fully fluent in written, speaking and comprehension of the Persian (Dari, Farsi), Urdu, and English and Pashto languages and has a basic language understanding of Arabic and Spanish. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors of Afghan Women’s Writing Project and also on the Board of International World Poetry, Canada, a World Poetry Youth Ambassador to Afghanistan and the US. She is also a member of the World Poetry Youth Team

Doc. PenPen, Philippines. “The Father of Philippine Visual Poetry” is the writer and director of “Takipsilim,” an award-winning indie docu-film. His upcoming book ”PENTASI B’’ will contain a collection of 100 visual hundred poems and will be launched at the World Poetry International Festival in May. He will be launching his new book of visual poetry at the festival.

Husna S. Ahrar, Afghanistan, known as the Ambassador of voice for Afghan women is one of the most talented Afghan young women writer. She has written many stories and short poems, which express the pains and sufferings of Afghan young women. Most of the stories that Husna S. Ahrar has written are the real life stories of Afghan young women and teenagers from the decades of ongoing wars in Afghanistan. Husna S. Ahrar is a very motivated, strong and hard working young woman, who works very hard to bring light in the lives of deprived Afghan women.  She has always tried to voice the pains and sufferings of her people.  Husna S. Ahrar hopes for a better educational opportunities and freedom of expression for all Afghan women.  She believes that everyone has suffered a lot because of the years of wars and insecurities in her country; therefore, she hopes to see the people of her country as happy, free, and educated as the other nations of the other developed countries. World Poetry Canada& International is pleased to invite her to its second International World Poetry, Festival.   World Poetry Empowered Afghan Women Award Winner.

Attila F. Balázs, author of many books of poems and prose. His prizes and distinctions include the Sighet Poetry Festival Prize (Romania). Written in Magyar, his work has been translated into many languages. He lives in Bratislava, Transylvania where he is the director of the publishing house AB-ART. He will be launching his new book at the festival.

Mr. Khowaja Abadullah Ahrar, well-known poet from Kabul Afghanistan. He has written many extraordinary pieces, writings and numerous poems. All his poems have spiritual messages of love, humanity, and peace.  Most of his poems have been published through many radios and TV channels inside and outside Afghanistan. Furthermore, many Persian (Dari, Farsi) websites in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and most European Union countries have published Mr. Ahrar’s poems. After Mr. Ahrar was kidnapped in Kabul Afghanistan in June 2008, he left Afghanistan. Currently, he resides in Pakistan. Mr. Khowaja Abdullah Ahrar has been selected as the winner of the best poet of Persian (Dari, Farsi) languages of two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan Awards.

 Samarendra Patra, India; aged 19 is a second year student of B.Tech-Mechanical Engineering in the prestigious SRM UNIVERSITY, Chennai-INDIA. He was brought up in a small township of NALCO named Damanjodi means “Paharon ka Sangam-the unification of the hills”. Reading and writing poetry has always been his passion. Basically, the ambition of the author is to become an entrepreneur. His sensitivity to the surroundings have sustained him as a poet.-He has written more than 200 poems in three languages-English, Hindi and Oriya.

 Neamat Haidari, Afghanistan, TV director and Producer and since 2004.  He is working as director with the different media channels such as Tolo TV, Ariana TV and established and Media Production house called Apple Media and has worked Free Lance with news channels such as BBC, Fox News, CNN, and ATN. He has prepared many documentary films encompassing different field of social, economical, cultural events. He is really pleased to hear that we are working for peace and says: “This is our best need after passing years of civil war and would be really pleased to take your peace massage to our country Afghanistan”

 Note: The bios have been sent and approved by the participants themselves.