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Afghanistan –

What Can We Do?

If you wish to find out more about Afghanistan and help to improve the opportunities for the women of Afghanistan in particular, consider these activities:



Video: Kandahar, Dir Moshen Makhmalbaf, Indep 2001. Visually stunning film that depicts life in Afghanistan and shows the indoctrination of young boys, the desolate nature of the country and the poor way of life. Strikingly filmed.
Video: Osama, Dir Siddiq Barmak, MGM 2004. A moving, indeed haunting, tale of the rise to power of the Taliban and the effect on one widow and her daughter disguised as a boy. Excellent screenplay. NOT about Bin Laden.



Book: Taliban: Islam, Oil and the New Great Game in Central Asia, Ahmed Rashid, I B Tauris and Co, 2001. Fascinating, informative and easily readable account of the history of Afghanistan and the effect of the Taliban.
Book: The Bookseller of Kabul, Asne Seierstad, Virago 2004. A stunning account of the lives of a family in Kabul and the effect of the Taliban.
Book: Jihad vs McWorld, Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy, Benjamin R. Barber, Ballantine 2001. An analysis of the central conflict of our time.



Website: www.awai.org Afghan Women’s Association International 
Website: www.rawa.org Revolutionary Assoc of the Women of Afghanistan
Website: www.usaid.gov/locations/asia_near_east/afghanistan/ 
Website: www.geocities.com/malalaijoya/



Donate to the International Red Cross, which provides medical products, clothing, educational supplies and other vital assistance to the needy in Afghanistan. If you donate to a charity, ensure the products are fed into the emerging economy, not simply ‘dumped’ into villages. This destroys the few green shoots of economic recovery so needed at the village level.

Purchase Lt. Colonel Lake’s DVD: “On Terror’s Trail: My Year in Afghanistan” – her riveting stories about the war-torn country. Part of the proceeds from the sale goes to the women of Afghanistan. To order, write: dawn@lakegroup.com. Cost is $20 or 2/$30. This is for a worthy cause!



Keep an open mind about Afghanistan. Acknowledge that the country would again become a haven for terrorists if the US-led Coalition were to abandon the people and allow the Taliban to return. Support our troops who are engaged in operations in Afghanistan, both combat and reconstruction, in your thoughts and prayers. Consider sending letters of support to a serviceperson you know there.

Support any efforts by Afghan women to improve their circumstances, gain an education, become professionals, and contribute to their country’s recovery.




For more information or to book a speaking engagement, contact
The Lake Group.
Phone: 602.997.4977 FAX: 602.997.4988 Email: dawn@lakegroup.com


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