OTTAWA, Nov. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Roadside bombs. Opium poppies. Machine guns. The images of Afghanistan that reach the Western world tell a story of intractable conflict and chaos - but to the 30 million people who call Afghanistan home, war is only one piece of the puzzle.
Maternal and child health, rural employment, community governance and girls' education rarely make international headlines, but they are some of the most pressing issues facing Afghans today - and without progress in these and other areas, prospects for long-term peace are poor.
On November 29, Aga Khan Foundation Canada is pleased to welcome three journalists who have reported extensively from Afghanistan, to discuss the challenges of covering human development in one of the world's most difficult regions.
The panel discussion will feature:
- Paul Watson, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Toronto Star
- Edward Girardet, author of Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan
- and Naheed Mustafa, award-winning freelance writer and broadcaster
Moderated by Chris Eaton, Executive Director of World University Services of Canada, the panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A and reception. A photo exhibit by Leslie Knott, featuring recent images of maternal and child health programming in northern Afghanistan, will also be on display.
The event is open to the media. For more information visit akfc.ca.
SOURCE: Aga Khan Foundation Canada
For further information:
AKFC Director of Public Affairs
613-237-2532 ext. 120
613 617-1767 (cell)