Posted by: ourvoicestogether | February 1, 2008

New York Forum Highlights Afghan, American Exchange as a Response to Terrorism

About 90 people attended the January 29, 2008 Safer, More Compassionate World forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County at the Schenectady Public Library, New York. Sally and Don Goodrich, founders of the Peter M. Goodrich Foundation, with an Afghanistan exchange student and anthropologist and Afghanistan expert David Edwards were the featured speakers.

The focus was on the work being done in Afghanistan by the Peter M. Goodrich Foundation, addressing the fundamental needs of fragile populations, and long-term exchange students to the U.S. as a response to terrorism.

Asad told of how he and his family survived in a country in constant upheaval and how the American intervention after 9/11 saved their lives. Very moving and impossible for us to imagine what it must have been like. Sally showed a film clip of the work they are doing. and David Edwards spoke about the realities of working in Afghanistan. Good questions from the audience. Lots of discussion after the meeting was officially adjourned. Generally a very positive experience.

The library is doing a “One County, One Book” read and the book they have selected is The Kite Runner. They were cosponsors of last night’s program. Schenectady has a sizeable Afghan population–refugees from the Soviet invasion.

The event was taped and will be shown on the local public access TV station. Some teens are writing up an article which they are submitting to a local paper.

Ruth Bonn
League of Women Voters of Schenectady County



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