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Dispatch from Afghanistan: Zaher Wahab (Not hosted by GlobalPDX)
July 21, 2017 @ 5:00 am - 6:30 am$15
After 40 years at Lewis & Clark College, Zaher Wahab, a professor of education, returned to his native Afghanistan, to live and work full time in Kabul. In recent months, fighting between the Taliban and government forces in Afghanistan has had a devastating impact on civilians, particularly children. Thousands of civilians were killed and injured in 2016 in insurgent suicide and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks, while indiscriminate aerial and mortar attacks by government forces added to the civilian toll. Both the Taliban and government forces have increasingly used schools for military purposes. The number of internally displaced people reached at least 1.3 million in 2016. Political infighting has slowed government reforms, and there has been little measurable improvement in women’s rights, accountability for torture, or curbing attacks on the media. With the US sending in troops and no easy end to conflict within sight – what is the road ahead? Join us for a first-person, front-lines look at the crisis that continues to threaten Afghan security and civil society.