Blistered and hungry: Afghans walk hundreds of kilometres for peace


GHAZNI, Afghanistan: Hobbled by blisters and stalked by hunger, dozens of Afghan protesters are marching hundreds of kilometres across the war-torn country demanding an end to the nearly 17-year conflict.

Nine people began the weeks-long anti-war march in May, but their numbers have since swollen to around 50, organisers say, as their demands for an end to fighting gain traction among ordinary Afghans increasingly fed up with years of bloodshed.

The arduous journey began in the southern province of Helmand, a Taliban stronghold.

Every day the protesters run the gauntlet of roadside bombs, armed robbers and militants



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