A New York Times article describes the courage of Afghan girls who continue to attend school despite persistent threats to their safety.
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.