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'Land of Eternal Hope - Ten Years of Lives Shared in Afghanistan' - book launch

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00

Join us for a a launch of 'Land of Eternal Hope - 10 years of Lives Shared in Afghanistan' by Charlotte Dufour.  The author will read extracts of the book, followed by a discussion and drinks.


John Snow Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street

About the book:

'Land of Eternal Hope”'.. Could this really be Afghanistan? Going beyond the images of war, terrorism, fundamentalism and corruption so often associated with Afghanistan, the book 'Land of Eternal Hope, ten years of Lives Shared in Afghanistan” recounts the years of transition from the Taliban regime to the establishment of a democracy and the reconstruction of a war-ravaged country.

The author, who has worked in the field of food security, nutrition, health and agriculture, for NGOs, the United Nations and the Afghan Government between January 2000 and 2010, shares her experience as an aid worker facing the daily challenges and rewards of working during this unique period of history, with her Afghan colleagues. These memories provide the backdrop for the heart of the book: seven of her Afghan friends - men and women from different regions and diverse ethnic and social backgrounds - recount, in their words, the story of their life through over thirty years of war. This mosaic of memories reveals the complexity of the political and social situation, and yet the message that stands out is one of perseverance and hope.

About the author:

Charlotte Dufour, is a French-American who studied her BA in Human Sciences in Oxford University (1998) and holds a MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the LSHTM (1999). Between 2000 and 2010, she worked primarily in or on Afghanistan, with Action Contre la Faim, Groupe URD (Urgence-Réhabilitation-Développement), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health. Since 2010, she is working with FAO’s Nutrition Division on agriculture-nutrition linkages, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.