Sunday, April 02, 2006

Afghanistan thoughts

"The world is now a village. We cannot ignore the problems in one part of the world, for they will spread to other parts of the world." - Dr. Roshanak, a female member of Parliment from the Wardak Province, refering to the need to help Afghanistan rebuild and recover or their current culture of violence will spread back to us.

A Kabul Street

A Kabul street

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Reflections on Afghanistan

I just got back from one of the best trips of my life. Yes, for some of you its hard to believe that Kabul, Afghanistan could rate so high up in the tourism landscape, but if travel is a way to push oneself out of our daily routines and see how others live, places like Afghanistan are the best places to travel.

I traveled for two weeks to the other end of the world to learn about the status of women’s lives in the post-2001 Afghanistan. I went on a delegation of 12 people with a San Francisco based group called Global Exchange on what they call a "Reality Tour". Each day we met with brave hard working leaders to explore the many facets of life there. This meant exploring recovery from the devastation of over 25 years of war,