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Cathedral Forum: Unraveling Afghanistan through the Eyes of a First-Generation Afghan-Canadian

After more than 40 years of armed conflict, Afghanistan is one of the world’s most dangerous countries, especially for women and children.  Seventeen years after the western intervention following 9/11, the country remains mired in a civil war exacerbated by corruption, a culture of impunity and the rise of extremist ideologies.

Fara Shah, a first-generation Afghan-Canadian and recent Sciences Po Paris graduate, returned to Afghanistan in 2018 to work as a Policy Advisor for the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). In this Forum Fara shares her experience of returning to Afghanistan during one of the most volatile years since 2001. She unravels the discrepancies between oral narratives painted by her family, who fled 37 years ago following the Soviet invasion, her own experience of living in Kabul in 2018, and the impact of war, extremism and foreign intervention.

Through Fara's travels within “one of the world’s worst places to be a woman” and her direct encounters with local residents, she offers a unique story. She will also highlight the work of the Shuhada Organization, which works to protect Afghanistan’s most vulnerable citizens – women and children residing in remote and marginalized areas.

Earlier Event: December 15
Lessons & Carols, December 15
Later Event: December 16
Christmas Pageant