Taliban, Afghanistan, United States discussed on TED Talks Daily

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Be it in the United States or elsewhere. This first and foremost necessitates resettling refugees who are currently waiting in camps around the world to reach a place that they can call home. It also calls upon the international community to increase quotas for Afghan allies to accept more at risk Afghans for permanent resettlement and to expand programs like humanitarian parole. To generate more pathways for those in need. Third, as we find pathways forward for these individuals, we must not separate families. We must preserve them. Or at the very least create strict limits for the amount of time that families can be separated from family separation like mind generate irreparable harm. But clear and specific change to existing admission policies can ensure that other miners do not face the same fate that befell me and my family. Fourth, and this is the most important of them all. We must reestablish an international diplomat diplomatic presence in Afghanistan to hold Taliban accountable for their actions and provide counselor services to the people. It opens channel to address Taliban's actions rather than cutting off isolating and eliminating avenues for influence. And I have witnessed what engagement with the Taliban can look like firsthand. The negotiations that resulted in my release from captivity were the direct result of effective diplomacy with the Taliban on the world stage. Diplomats spoke to each other openly and resolved an issue of mutual concern. And while the success of these discussion is perhaps an anomaly, the kind of diplomacy demonstrated by my release can and should serve as a model for achieving other desired change for the future of Afghanistan, such as the restoration of girls education above grade 6 freedom of press, bolstering women's rights and most urgently increasing humanitarian assistance. At the same time, at the same time, or diplomacy can't be a blank check, the Taliban must live up to their end of the bargain to demonstrate that they are ready to engage in diplomacy as an actor that upholds basic human rights that ensure necessary freedoms and that does not take or hold hostages. At the end of the day the situation in Afghanistan is an extremely complex one. It can't be summed up in an 8 minute talk I wrote four days ago emerging from captivity. Yet there are tangible solutions and I'm in the privileged position of being able to advocate for them, but I'm here today to tell you that you are too. The truth of the matter is especially in the case of Afghanistan change has always and will continue to start with everyday people. This fall tens of thousands of people from around the world banded together at the grassroots level to aid Afghans in need. You don't need to be an expert to engage to volunteer to contribute to lobby to even simply welcome a refugee to advocate for them. As Margaret Mead once said, never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. On the afternoon of my release ten days ago, I at long last climbed out of my basement cell. And into the sunlight without anything binding my hands are covering my eyes. I could see the sky. I traveled out of the prison through Kabul city in corolla sedan. I passed the American embassy and arrived at Kabul international airport. I walked onto the tarmac, I climbed into the C 17, I shook hands with American Qatari and British diplomats. And suddenly I was a free man again. But again, I was one of the lucky ones. Ultimately being a captive reminded me of a time when I was helpless and needed a voice. Now that I'm released, I have my voice back and mercifully. It puts me in a position where I can advocate for that little boy with the Statue of Liberty patch on his unit, CR donated genes chasing the American Dream. I hope you'll join me. PRX.

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