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Ask Secretary Clinton to let a leading Afghan peace activist visit the U.S.




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Dear Friend,

Dr. Wee Teck Young is a Singaporean physician and activist who has lived and worked in Afghanistan for years, organizing a group of young people called the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers.  They have worked to promote nonviolent alternatives, ethnic reconciliation, and an end to war.

Ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to let him visit the United States.

Dr. Wee shuns his official title, preferring "Hakim," the name bestowed on him by Afghans after he had served as a public health doctor among refugees on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  In the Dari language, "Hakim" means "learned one and local healer."

This week, the Fellowship of Reconciliation awarded Hakim its International Peace Prize.  Also this week, the U.S. State Department refused to grant Hakim a visa to visit the United States, where he would speak about nonviolence.

Urge Secretary of State Clinton to grant Hakim a visa.

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--The RootsAction team

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Resources:
Voices for Creative Nonviolence: Seeking a Visa for Dr. Wee Teck Young
Fellowship of Reconciliation: Annual Peace Awards
David Swanson: Afghanistan: A Country, Not a War (with video of Hakim)

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