By Deborah Ellis
But what has occurred to Afghanistan’s youngsters because the fall of the Taliban in 2001? In 2011, Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to determine. She interviewed young ones who spoke approximately their lives now. they're nonetheless residing in a rustic torn aside by means of battle. Violence and oppression nonetheless exist, fairly affecting the lives of ladies, however the childrens are weathering their lives with braveness and optimism: "I was once awfully inspired via the feel of urgency those teenagers have — wanting to get as a lot schooling and existence event and enjoyable as they could, simply because they by no means comprehend whilst the growth goes to be diminished on them again."
The dozen or so little ones featured within the ebook variety in age from ten to seventeen. Many are ladies Deb met via tasks funded through Canadian ladies for ladies in Afghanistan, the association that's supported through royalties from The Breadwinner Trilogy. Parvana’s Fund presents offers in the direction of schooling initiatives for Afghan ladies and kids, together with colleges, libraries and literacy programs.
All royalties from the sale of Kids of Kabul also will visit ladies for ladies in Afghanistan.
Aftermatter features a map, thesaurus, a brief background of Afghanistan and proposals for extra reading/resources.
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