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AFGHANIST Introduced by Lady Caroline Richards

Lady Caroline Richards’ passion for Afghanistan has seen her step into the literary world to unravel the mysteries of this war-torn land and to portray a beautiful country with a melting pot of funny, intelligent people, their culture and traditions.

“Those of us who care about Afghanistan are keen to present a more balanced and positive view of the country and its people, set in the context of its history and the complex forces that have shaped its development over the centuries.

“My inspiration came from the Afghan Appeal fund – an attempt to make a difference in Afghanistan – involving communities in village schools – inclusive and open to all.

“I just think it’s so important that we bring education to Afghanistan. People see huge amounts of money being spent on the country but it doesn’t actually necessarily

filter out into the villages. At the moment we are building our 11th school in Nad-e- Ali, Helmand, all of the villagers are being paid to build it. They are literally queuing up to help, they are very proud that they are going to have a school.

“The difficulties of such a venture was the modern technology, that and people are so incredibly busy they didn’t have time to write a chapter for the book. The disappointments are the incredibly sad loss of life in Afghanistan”.

Hardly a day goes by without Afghanistan making news in the media – but behind

the headlines, what do we really know about this complex and enigmatic country, its people, its culture and most importantly,

its future? This ebook takes us beyond the media focus on politics and war into the lives of the Afghan people, and the forces that have shaped their individual and collective history.

The Afghan Appeal Fund has brought together a distinguished group of scholars, historians, journalists and photographers who shed light on Afghanistan, from the earliest Aryan migrations and the emergence of Islam, through the country’s role as a key Central Asian trade centre, the Anglo-Afghan wars and the Soviet invasion, to the emergence of a post-Taliban state.

We are reminded of how the Afghans have suffered in centuries of violent conflict and have stubbornly resisted all efforts to invade and dominate their land. We are presented with the tasks Afghanistan faces after the 2014 withdrawal of NATO-led combat troops, specifically the need to rebuild the country, create jobs, provide education, tap into its huge economic potential, and provide political and social harmony.

Afghanistan Revealed offers an essential background for anyone wishing to

12 Envoy Spring 2013

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