Local packing volunteer Emily and her husband John visiting with Suraya and getting a book autograph --
Suraya was joined by local professor Mustafa Popal and AFSC's Peter Lems to talk about "Afghan Responses to War." She emphasized the important of building civil society and discussed her plans for a peace-education curriculum --
Notice the red scarf on Suraya? The alpaca scarf was made by one of our devoted local volunteers. We wanted Suraya to know how much we appreciate her ... that required a hand-knit gift, naturally!
Suraya flew back to Washington, DC, today. How lucky we were to have this opportunity to meet and visit together with this courageous woman who keeps on persevering after all these years. What an inspiration! Suraya departs for Afghanistan in a few weeks. She travels to her homeland a few times a year for her work.
The art banners are part of AFSC's Windows & Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, an exhibit that has been traveling around the country. The Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland is a fantastic old building that was once a Masonic temple.
Are you intrigued by the exhibit? Want to check out this unusual interior? Want to get together in real life? If you're near Oakland, California ... please Join us on October 29, next Saturday, from noon to 4 pm, to knit and crochet for Afghanistan.