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Seeking Peace in Afghanistan
We are pleased to announce this addition to September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows’ 2021 webinar series. Afghan panelists will speak with us from Kabul and from abroad, joining with international panelists to bring perspectives from the lives of Afghans living courageously through the last two decades of war and the recent escalation in violence. We will hear of the impact of the war upon the lives of women, youth and civilians and of seeds for peace that are being sown in its midst. The webinar will go beyond the limits of troop withdrawal to present nonviolent pathways of peacekeeping, reparations and witnessing on the long road ahead to peace with justice for Afghanistan.

Jun 19, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tahmina Hashimi and Dr. Zaher Wahab, Kabul Presenters
Tahmina Hashimi is a scholar educated at Kabul University in psychology and at Shahid Rabani Education University in education, who taught educational psychology at Shahid Rabani Education University for twelve years. She has written and is concerned about Afghan university girls and Afghan women during the last twenty years of turmoil. She now lives in the U.S. and retains close ties with Afghanistan. Dr. Zaher Wahab was born and schooled in an Afghan village and Kabul. He then undertook higher education at the American University of Beirut, Columbia University and Stanford University. He taught at Lewis and Clark College for forty-two years and then at the American University of Afghanistan for seven years. He has spent half of the last twenty years helping in and with Afghan higher education. Dr. Wahab has written and spoken widely during his career and retirement.
Lailuma Sharifi Yama and Nematullah Ahangosh, Afghanistan Educators and Activists
Lailuma Sharifi Yama is the President of Shahid Rabani Education University in Kabul and a scholar in Farsi literature and in education, which she has taught for two decades. She has directly experienced the Afghan war and its impact on the socioeconomic and political conditions in Afghanistan, especially for women, and will be speaking from Kabul on these issues. Nematullah Ahangosh is an Afghan activist, poet, and scholar who has just finished his BSW at Madras School of Social Work (India). Nematullah is currently part of a 12-month leadership program in Kerala, South India, for visionaries who have overcome adversity and are keen to drive ethical social change. In Afghanistan, Nematullah was a teacher in a refugee camp, in Kabul, for Afghans fleeing from war. He has also taught children with the Afghan Peace Volunteers.
Kathy Kelly and Kelly Campbell
Ellen Judd, Moderator @September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Kathy Kelly is a peace activist and author who has made over two dozen trips to Afghanistan from 2010 – 2019, living with Afghan Peace Volunteers in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She and her companions in various peace team delegations believe the U.S. should end all military and economic warfare and pay reparations for suffering already caused by U.S. wars. Kelly Campbell is the Executive Director of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. She was a founding co-director of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. In January, 2002, Kelly traveled to Afghanistan on a delegation of 9/11 family members to meet with Afghan families harmed by the US military campaign. Ellen Judd (moderator) is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba where she researches and teaches the anthropology of human rights, gender and ethnography. She facilitates the work of Peaceful Tomorrows related to Afghanistan and to the US/NATO war in Afghanistan.