A New York Times video report entitled A Refugee Crisis in Afghanistan documents the extreme poverty of Afghans who are returning to their home country after years or decades of refuge in neighboring Pakistan.
When I was asked to speak I realized I took these kinds of events for granted and hadn’t thought much about what it all really means. So I decided to actually study the title of this event.
WALK FOR LITERACY
What do we mean by walk? Well it’s certainly a form of movement. But there are many forms of movement. We can climb trees and fences and mountains. We bike and we hike and some trek. Some run and some swim. And many of these are done to raise awareness about or funds for something. But walking is a form of movement, even a form of transportation, that is common to most people in the world. It is perhaps the form that is the most participatory; something that many of us can do.
Lt. Col. Christopher Kolenda, whose books, not bombs solution to winning the war on terrorism, is proving correlatively and tragically accurate.
It may not be too early to start shopping for the holiday season!
Methok, a new gift shop in Union Square, Somerville hosted its opening night as a charity sale event for Barakat. A portion of the purchases made by customers was donated to Barakat for use in its educational programs in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Methok, Tibetan for ‘flower’, carries a range of products from South Asia, East and North Africa including jewelry, sculptures, carpets and pottery. The shop is run by Tsering Lha, a Tibetan woman who has been receiving encouragement from the local Somerville population to open an arts and crafts shop in Union Square.
Thanks to all who came!
Somerville, MA 02143 (get directions)