MAIMANA (Pajhwok): A poet from northwestern Faryab province on Wednesday said he wrote poetic verses day and night in the hope to see peace and stability in the country.
Abdul Jalil Binesh, also known as Maulana among his friends and followers, is a resident of Kohistan district. He has seven children and is living in western Herat province.
Benish, 60, left school after sixth grade due to insecurity, but at the age of 12 he developed immense interest in poetry.
He emotionally suffered due his inability to continue education as he was class monitor till sixth grade.
He recalled it was his first day in the seventh grade when he left home with great enthusiasm and went to the school with a group of his classmates.
As he and his classmates reached near the school, the district center had been captured by the Mujahideen who had also taken control of their school and they were stopped from entering the school.
The poet said the war, which had saddened all Afghans, destroyed all his dreams in his childhood.
He has bitter memories from the beginning of the Mujahideen revolution in the month of May in 1978. He said the 40-year-old conflict saw schools burning, students depriving of education besides displacement people.
“My only wish is peace in Afghanistan and I’m extremely thirsty for peace, my heart is thirsty. There must be peace at all cost, no matter how much it costs; my second wish is standard education so no other child of this country meet my fate and is not deprived of the blessing of literacy.”
He said after the fall of their district center, their school gate was closed and he and all other students were deprived of study. His financial situation did not allow him to go to the city to continue his education.
But now he has many good friends and fans. There is a library with about 3,000 books authored by world famous writers and poets.
He and his friends read and recite poetry at night besides discussing mystical topics. By studying freely, they were able to become somewhat acquainted with science and knowledge.
Binesh said he has written more than a hundred poetic pieces and poems but he has not yet been able to print them due to his poor economic situation. “If I find a donor, I will print my work and make it available to the public and fans.”
He said the reason his family migrated to Herat province was the continuation of war and insecurity.
He called on the government and Taliban leaders to work unconditionally for lasting peace and not to miss the opportunity as people could not more tolerate destruction and killings across the country.
Binesh believed Afghanistan needed a revolution at any cost to end the 40-year war.
According to him, if education in the country becomes standard and based on true sense, the people of Afghanistan, like powerful countries of the world, will create a great change in their lives in post-peace era.
This report has been produced by Pajhwok and financially supported by UNDP and Denmark.