Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan Library Binding – Sep 2008
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About the Author
Tony O'Brien's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Time, Life, Newsweek and many others. He is the head of the Documentary Studies program at the College of Santa Fe. When he's not traveling to the far corners of the world, he lives with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Mike Sullivan is a bush pilot and filmmaker, spent years working with Jacques Cousteau, and has done humanitarian and environmental work all over the world including Central America, Africa, Irian Jaya, and Alaska. He studied film at the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he currently lives with his family.
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Although we have troubles in the United States, they seem pale in comparison to these children whose main wish is to be able to go to school. Many of them work numerous hours in a day for pennies in order to contribute to their family.
The pictures really add to the voices of the children in this book.
A few other teacher topics that could be gleaned from this book:
* Differences between boys and girls
* Differences between U.S. and Afghanistan
* How old are they when they go to work? Do your students work?
Notes on the Cover:
If I remember correctly, this is a close-up of a photo of two young boys flying a kite in a graveyard. When you get to that page on the book you really have to look, as the graveyard has only a few similarities to our American ones.
* Kids curious about Afghanistan and what it's like there
* Teachers! Use it in your classroom!
* Adults - try reading this without it breaking your heart
Most of the children interviewed were from Kabul where "daily life for most of its people is about survival: finding work, food and shelter." Later they moved to the countryside to interview children. The children talk about what they do for work, how they survive, and what their hopes for the future entail. Nozoku, age 10 says that "I get sick and nervous, worrying about the attacks." Many of them nonchalantly talk about friends and relatives who have died in wartime circumstances, but oddly enough, many talk about wanting an education. These interviews are accompanied by stunning portraits of each child. Eight-year-old Tajalaa stands tall and fierce before the camera with his balled up fists, puffed out chest and a look of determination on his face. He someday wants sons of his own, but now he has to work.
This was a mesmerizing book. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. The faces of the children, for the most part, showed determination and hope for the future. I loved the way the authors took snippets of obviously lengthy interviews and captured the essence of whom these children were and wanted to be. The photography, needless to say, is stunning and captures the emotional bearing of each child, from the serious or sad to the giggly or determined. This would be a marvelous book to add to any collection, especially a classroom one!