Afghan Generation Knows Only Conflict as War Turns 18

Students see peace as an unattainable dream

Over the past week, Afghanistan saw the 18 year anniversary of the 2001 US invasion, starting an occupation that continues to this day. This means every child in Afghanistan was born in a country at war, and has never known an Afghanistan at peace.

Having a war last that long has a lot of unfortunate consequences, as the US and its allies will be deploying troops who weren’t even born when the war began, to fight a war with no ending in sight.

High school students in Afghanistan see their country as having no future without peace, seeing a state of non-war as a dream, but a dream that many question if they’ll ever see.

UN reports have heavily documented violence committed against Afghan children throughout the war, and between the constant danger and corruption they’ve faced, Afghanistan’s youngest generation is likely to have a long process of recovery even if a peace deal does come along.

That peace deal is looking less likely at this point, as the US and Taliban had effectively already reached a deal, only for the US to ditch the process and consider it “dead.” The deal still seems to be on the table, as far as the Taliban is concerned, but whether it goes beyond that remains to be seen.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.