The UN is giving Afghan children a board game called The Road to Peace to promote reconstruction.
The foldable cardboard game is illustrated with a swirling path from one corner labeled The Past — with tanks, explosions and a Taliban-style execution — to The Future, which shows cheery family scenes, factories and a sweeping blue river.
Along the way, up to six players take turns spinning a numbered wheel and moving improvised game pieces — a button, twig or coin will do — to corresponding numbers on the path representing events or trends in Afghanistan’s recent past.
A player who lands on a bad space, such as girls being denied education, must move the game piece backwards. “Landing on a positive scenario, such as the signing of the Bonn agreement in 2001 that established a political process and transitional government, lets a player advance toward the brighter future,” AP writes.