Zee was only 32, but in his short life he had developed a clear vision of what peace looked like and how to get there – from the bottom up, working for the people and believing in them and their capacity to change things for the better, as long as they were empowered and supported.
Zee was one of those rare people who had moral courage, believing in a common humanity across borders – a true visionary and leader.
He was demanding in his aspirations for his country, and embodied the values that could inspire others to act. His vision for a better future was matched by fearless risk-taking and hard work that could help make it a reality. He and his colleagues’ ability to mobilize tens of thousands of young people against a variety of forces – extremists, corruption and warlords – had increasingly made their work more and more dangerous, and yet they never quit and expected others who shared their values to stay the course.
More than anyone we’ve ever known, he understood the critical need for teamwork, collaboration, and building mutual networks of support across institutions, sectors, communities and geographies.
Calling for a ceasefire
We will always mourn Zee, the values he represented, the hard-work he did, and it will take a long time to absorb and accept what happened. But we also know that our grief is miniscule compared to those of the young men and women of eastern Afghanistan who he worked with and empowered – and they are the ones who suffer from his loss. This is why it is ever more important for us to ensure that his message and vision for peace be carried forward with the same urgency, courage and fearlessness that he always demonstrated across his short life.
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