By: Irene Ann Promodh Deputy Secretary General, OMUN
As delegates streamed into the room, our adrenaline pumped higher as the moment we had been waiting for was finally manifesting itself in reality after months of preparation, brainstorming and planning. What had flickered within me as a subtle idea of creating international patriotism and proactivity on an online platform, had now combusted into a flame capable of setting our world’s youth on fire.
Members of HELA (Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan) had produced the finest communiqué that our team had ever seen: it was not a series of empty-cored clauses formulated for the purpose of gaining credit on the Delegate Recognition System. Instead, the sincere concern of HELA’s members for their nation’s welfare in tackling socio-economic stagnation radiated through every clause, thus causing every delegate to vote in its favour in an overwhelmingly positive response that justified every goal/aim of Afghanistan listed in the communiqué, in addition to the means by which these ends could be attained. Everyone was silenced by the Afghan national anthem (Milli Surood) that played through speakers in India, UAE, China, Israel, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, and of course, Afghanistan, before HELA’s first speech resounded through the boundless, global room.
Ten different cultures, one single purpose: to effectively develop strategies to tackle Afghanistan’s current social and economic crisis as a result of women’s suppression, lack of education, Taliban forces, oppressive government and poor security measures. Delegates and moderators alike raised interesting questions about the reason behind women’s suppression and political fragility; after more than two hours of heated discussion, we arrived at a general consensus that the lack of formal government control due to bribing policies, loose/volatile law enforcement measures, illegal trading, mismanagement of natural resources due to insufficient transparency in mining, inadequate training of teachers and security forces, excessive state control and poor border control had resulted in the country’s socioeconomic decline over the past decade. Although Afghan soil was once treasured due to its high content of fuel and non-fuel minerals, today, the country has been debased and shamed with failure, controversy, socioeconomic stagnation and soaring death rates as a result of terrorist attacks and related causes. As a result, Taliban’s rise to power due to compromised security measures and information failure have caused the country to hang dangerously in the balance.
Although our International Affairs Dialogue cannot, in effect, revert the damage incurred by Afghanistan over the years, it has the potential to spark a hope for change, not only among the youth of a single nation, but also among youth worldwide. As the next generation, we have the responsibility of paving the road for a shift in socioeconomic conditions of countries helplessly on the verge of destruction; this is the sole purpose of our International Affairs Dialogue debates. They are not based on public speaking skills or rhetoric expertise; instead, we aim to spur a passion within delegates to see beyond personal benefit, to move into the next paradigm of cultural unity and globalised patriotism devoid of racial prejudices or divides. I am grateful to the leaders of THIMUN Online MUN and my team for enabling a mere idea to turn into something so beautiful and fruitful; we look forward to reaping even greater results with our next International Affairs Dialogue.
Happy Independence Day, Afghanistan! We wish you a bright and prosperous future ahead where the scars of the past will be erased and a new light will shine through. The best is surely yet to come!