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Crippen looks at the continued horror of life for disabled people in Afghanistan / 15 February 2010

Crippen's cartoon about the continued plight of disabled people in Afghanistan

Crippen's Afghanistan starving cartoon

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My on-line work takes me to areas all around the world where I'm asked to create images of disabled people facing oppression in all of its many forms and manifestations. Most of us in the West may be faced with limited access and be struggling to live on a reduced income. However this is a walk in the park compared to some situations I hear about concerning our disabled brothers and sisters in the third world.

Take Afghanistan for example. The rights of disabled people in that country are not even upon anyone's agenda as political infighting and the continued horrors of war is waged. Funded by the bottomless war chests of the United Kingdom and America this has caused starvation conditions for many disabled people there.

Two brave Afghanistanies tried recently to raise people's awareness of the plight of disabled people in that country. One is a cartoonist and the other is the editor of a national newspaper. They have since been arrested and are now believed to be incarcerated within one of the many new political prisons that exist there. Their crime was to create a caricature of the countries puppet ruler Hamid Karzai and to publish it along with an article about disability in Afghanistan.

Fahim Khairy is a young Afghanistan journalist currently living in America. He asked me to create a cartoon to accompany an article he is writing about the corrupt use of monies sent to Afghanistan in order to aid the people effected by the continued war, especially the growing number of disabled people.

Here's the cartoon. Please feel free to circulate it to as many of your on-line contacts as you can and demonstrate that disabled people in the West care about our disabled brothers and sisters in all parts of the world, and especially in Afghanistan.

Thank you.


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Bob Williams-Findlay

17 February 2010

Afghanistan has a brutal history where the West and East have used it as their ideological toilet. The future of ordinary Afghans looks bleak, for disabled Afghans it is bleaker still.

The solution doesn't lie with the United Nations of hypocrites, corrupt warlords or muppets who follow a disguntled Saudi capitalist hiding behind fundamnentalist hogwash - only ordinary disabled and non-disabled people of all nations have the power to crumble the walls of the new Jericho. Start shouting, spreading the word: our brothers and sisters matter to us.


16 February 2010

This cartoon, and previous posted, are great.

While things are awful in other places compared to where I/we are, in the West, it can still be lousy. I'm not a fan of comparisons. Pain is pain.

I just finished a birthday art, in memory of the recently died Howard Zinn, US historian of whom I was very fond.

The text on my art includes:

"With apology to the people of the world for the present and past policies of the U.S. government." Howard Zinn wrote my favorite book, "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train". It's also a video. The book is his autobiography and there's lots of Howard Zinn on the internet, including YouTube.

He was opposed to war, as am I, now, counting down to my 7 0th birthday on last day of this month. There's no Leap Year Day this year, sigh. So, I'm 17 1/2 leap year birthdays.

I had a taxi cab driver, in one of my infrequent trips out (due to ME/CFS, which I have severely), from Pakistan, as well as one from Afghanistan, on another occasion. I apologized, as a citizen of the U.S. I knew someone from Iraq. A tech who made photocopies, of my xerographics, some years ago. In NYC, where I live, there are people from all over the world.

I am very sad about what my government is doing to the people of Afghanistan. And Pakistan, and many many places, as well as people here in the U.S.

We are not passive, as people with disabilities. We have a great history of struggle and survival. I appreciate reading about my sisters and brothers in Afghanistan on this site. Thanks.

Colin Hambrook

16 February 2010

It sure does. It's hard enough to even imagine how hard it must be in a country so ravaged by war and political in-fighting.

Arty Farty

15 February 2010

Whether you intended it or not Mr C, but the close proximity of the postings for disabled people in Kidderminster and the one about the starving disabled people of Afghanistan certainly made the point for me. I might not be able to access my local public transport but at least I'm not being bombed or being left to starve. Puts it all into perspective doesn't it?!