First Dispatch from Afghanistan
The first story that Claire Stewart and I began work on when we arrived in Kabul in Early December was about an altogether inspiring group of young Afghans who make up the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM).
The school in Kabul’s south was founded in 2008 by a dual Australian / Afghan citizen, Dr. Ahmad Samast.
Half of the students that make up the enrollments are either orphans or have left their home villages to live in one of the two orphanages that are run in conjunction with ANIM.
Claire and I spent many joyful days with the students at the music school and the orphanages, both of which radiated as positive an atmosphere as you could possibly hope for amongst a generation who have grown up amidst the upheaval of war and displacement.
I’m reminded of the children most days in fact. After hearing a class belt out a chorus composed by a teacher from ANIM, my mind has managed to retain it a month after hearing it and so Claire finds herself reprimanding me for humming along to the tune on a daily basis.
To read the article, published in The Australian Financial Review today, CLICK HERE.
And to see a brief slideshow of images, CLICK HERE.