Living in Tehran, from AFGHANISTAN - Caretaker


Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle in November 2017​

After interviewing Dariush, a famous Iranien architect whose interview you can also read in the list before, he told us that we could interview the caretaker of the building as well. A very nice building in a residential area of Tehran. “He’s very nice you’ll see” said Dariush. Didar was indeed very nice and smiling. As many Afghan people, he left his country in 1975 due to war (Russian invasion) and tried to find a decent life in Iran, one of the countries bordering Afghanistan. He said to us: “Our country has been at war for more than 40 years, you can’t imagine what it means and how it affects our lives”. That’s probably the reason why he speaks so much about peace.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

I wanted to be a teacher.


With whom would you like to have a coffee?

With master Kung. Shin Chul Kang. A Korean.


If you could choose something that could be taught in every school in the world, what would it be?

I want it to be freedom lessons, because I want everyone to be free and at peace.


To you, what’s that main characteristic that all human being have in common?

The thing that all humans have in common is their pure hearts and honesty.


To you, who is the happiest person on earth?

The one that makes other people happy.


If you were President of the US, what would your first reform be?

As the first reform, I would remove borders and cancel the travel ban. I would like for people to be free to travel to the USA.


What do you need?

Peace and calm.


What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars now?

I would spend it on the poor, the people who are in poverty.


What’s the news that affects you the most in your country these days?

Inflation…increase in living costs, what you hear in the news is that sanctions have been imposed on Iran, then you hear that they were removed and nobody knows what to expect in the future anymore.


Do you think your life is easier or more complicated than the life of your parents?

It's easier, because my parents, together they raised a family of nine but I only have to run a family of four.


If you had to create a company, what would it be?

A pharmaceutical company, to produce drugs that are scarce now.


Can you draw something beautiful?

"Kindness turns thorns into flowers". [Rumi] 

Can you sing something beautiful?

Song: Human beings are members of a whole. In creation of one essence and soul if one member is affiliated with pain other members uneasy will remain [Sa'di Shirazi] 

What do you fear?

War, because it forces people to leave their homes. That's it.


Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?

If we keep going like this there will be war, bloodshed, and these things If the world leaders don't get along and keep bargaining over the poor, I see war and bloodshed and if they do get along, I see an affluent, happy world. I'm very optimistic personally and I see a bright future for the world.


What is the most beautiful thing that you have seen in your life?

Seeing my children.


What is your dream?

My dream is global peace, I mean everyone can communicate with the others easily, people can easily travel, no boarders, no racism, no insulting, there's mutual respect, and human dignity is preserved.


If you had to write a book about today’s world, what would be the title?

The name of my book? A war-free world, A world without war and bloodshed.


What does religion mean to you?

Religion… the personal beliefs of every person depends on their religion. For me religion is the way and habits of life.


Which of your country’s cultural specificity are you the proudest of?

Its ancient culture. It has an ancient culture, like Iran that has 4,000 years of history. Afghanistan used to be a part of Iran, it was called the Great Khorasan, I feel proud of those times because on the UN headquarters building it reads good deeds, good thoughts, good words.


If you could do any job, regardless of money, what would it be?

I would like to help the people of Myanmar, the Rohingya muslims, they're being massacred, their president won the Noble Peace Prize, she was undeserving of that. 

If you had to describe our planet to someone coming from another planet, what would you say?

I would explain that there's water, there's life, and if there's no water then there's no life. If anyone's coming here they have to respect water, because water is life..

And you, which question would you like to ask the world? 

My question to the world? Why war? Why bloodshed?