It’s a tee. It’s a dress. It’s the new Graphic T-shirt Dress.

This is my dream for the children of Afghanistan…

This is my dream for the children of Afghanistan…

Let the kites fly

So

The children will soar

So

They will become more

So

Above their condition

So

Beyond where they are

So

Beyond their imagination

So

They will realize

A life

For themselves

A life

They will realize

So

Beyond their imagination

Now

Beyond where they are

Now

Above their condition

Now

They will become more

Now

The children will soar

Now

Let the kites fly

This is my dream for the children of Afghanistan…

© 12.24.2010 Cara Schingeck

INSPIRATION FOR PORTRAIT “Our War: Day 146-20101224”

Afghan children fly kites in Kabul; hundreds of kites fly over the Afghan capital hillside. These kites are emblazoned with messages championing equal rights for women and the justice system in what I discovered is a new and an unusual U.S.-backed effort by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to boost democracy.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has taken the long standing tradition of kite flying in Afghanistan to boost democracy in this country.

What I learned today is that sometimes very bad things, very bad events like war can cause very good thing, very good events to occur. An example of this is the tradition of kite flying in Afghanistan and the change in this tradition to allow women and girls to now participate.

The Taliban had stopped kite flying and in my opinion they did this to keep the community from gathering and having fun and joining together…to alienate the community.

By having the kite flying to recommence and by including women and girls to participate is beneficial for creating an even stronger community to keep the Taliban weak and to prevent them from controlling communities in the future.

I have learned more about the Afghan people and their culture and I believe so have the people of Afghanistan. I believe that this new understanding and change which has occurred in the Afghan communities which has opened up their minds to allow women and girls to take part in the tradition of kite flying is an important step toward freedom and rights for women and for the entire community.

The kites flying in Afghanistan are a sign of hope for the children.

© 12.24.2010 Cara Schingeck

This is my dream for the children of Afghanistan…

Cara Schingeck

Tacoma, United States

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