Roadside bombs. Opium poppies. Machine guns. Most images of Afghanistan that reach the Western world tell a story of intractable conflict and chaos – but to the 30 million people who call Afghanistan home, war is only one piece of the puzzle.
Some Western journalists have tried to put together a more complete picture of the complexities of human development in Afghanistan, braving the challenges of reporting from one of the world’s most difficult regions. Stories on maternal and child health, rural employment, community governance and girls’ education rarely make international headlines, but they are some of the most pressing issues facing Afghans today – and without progress in these and other areas, prospects for long-term peace are poor.
To share their experiences of reporting from Afghanistan, Aga Khan Foundation Canada is pleased to welcome Edward Girardet, author of Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan, freelance writer and broadcaster Naheed Mustafa, and Toronto Star reporter Paul Watson, for a panel discussion on the challenges of reporting on human development in Afghanistan.
Moderated by Chris Eaton, Executive Director of World University Service of Canada, the panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A and reception. [more]
We hope you will join us:
Thursday, November 29, 2012
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1N 1K6
Please register no later than Monday, November 26.
Please note that there is no parking at the Delegation. Street parking is available nearby, on Boteler Street, Dalhousie Street, Parent Avenue, and Bolton Street. Please take care to respect all posted parking regulations. The Delegation has visitor entrances on Sussex Drive and Boteler Street.
Chris Eaton holds a Bachelor’s degree in international development (1989) and a Master’s degree in political science (1991), both from the University of Toronto. Chris has worked in Canada and overseas with a variety of non-governmental, international development organizations – supporting education, rural development and local governance initiatives. From 2005 to 2009, Chris was based in Kabul where he headed Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan. He subsequently returned to Ottawa to take up the position of Executive Director with World University Service of Canada.
A journalist, writer and producer, Edward Girardet has reported widely from humanitarian and conflict zones in Africa, Asia and elsewhere since the late 1970s. As a foreign correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, US News and World Report, and The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour based in Paris, he first began covering Afghanistan several months prior to the Soviet invasion in 1979. He has worked on numerous television current affairs and documentary segments on subjects ranging from the war in Angola to lost tribes in Western New Guinea to environmental issues in Africa, for major European and North American broadcasters. Girardet is a founding director of the Institute for Media and Global Governance in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also editor of Crosslines Essential Media Ltd (UK). Girardet has written widely for major publications such as National Geographic Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune and Financial Times on humanitarian, media and conflict issues. He has also written and edited several books, notably Afghanistan - The Soviet War (1985), Somalia, Rwanda and Beyond (1996), Populations in Danger (1996), The CROSSLINES Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan (1998, 2004 and 2006), and Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan (2011).
Naheed Mustafa has worked as a freelance print and broadcast journalist for nearly two decades. Her stories have been heard on radio, seen on television and film, and have been read in numerous magazines and newspapers. Naheed has won multiple awards both as a show producer and a documentary producer. She has received, among others, awards from RTNDA and the Canadian Association of Journalism, as well as and gold and silver medals at the New York Festivals. At CBC Radio, Naheed has worked as a producer for a variety of programs including As It Happens, Dispatches and The Current. Her print work has appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve, the Toronto Star and Outpost Magazine. She has worked on films and features for the National Film Board, CBC, and OMNI Television. Naheed's documentary work in Afghanistan focuses on the lives of ordinary people affected by conflict.
Canadian journalist Paul Watson has been covering world events for two decades. While at the Toronto Star, he earned three National Newspaper Awards for foreign reporting and photography. Watson earned international acclaim and a 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. In 2007, the Overseas Press Club of America awarded him the Al Boyle Award for his reporting on Afghanistan. Also in 2007, he won the Drummer General’s Award for his book, Where War Lives – an account of his experiences reporting from conflict situations. Former South Asia bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, Watson has since returned to the Toronto Star, where he recently produced a series of articles on Canada’s contributions to development in Afghanistan. His current book, Magnum Revolution: 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom (co-authored with The New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson), was published in Europe and the U.S. in fall 2012, and covers decades of revolution as witnessed by the legendary agency's photographers.