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Evening with Polish Reporters: An Afghan Prayer for Rain

Added: November 1, 2018

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A state whose territory was part of ancient empires as early as 800 B.C. is today associated with one thing: the Taliban. Polish reporterWojciech Jagielski and young journalist Fatima Rahimi, whose family were forced to flee Afghanistan’s Herat and who currently lives in the Czech Republic, will discuss a country where complicated armed conflicts have been going on for decades. Jagielski has visited Afghanistan several times, giving rise to the book Praying for Rain, which focuses on the period between spring 1992 and autumn 2001 and explores both the Afghan regime and the plans and interests of world powers. In 2003 it was nominated for the Nike literary prize. This year it is being released by the Absynt publishing house in a Czech translation by Michala Benešová. In a discussion the acclaimed and experienced Polish reporter’s viewpoint was complemented by the experiences of Fatima Rahimi, including dramatic escape, six-month journey into the unknown, years in refugee camps, life and study in the Czech Republic, as well as her view of the current situation in Afghanistan. The evening tooke place as part of Evenings with Polish Reporters, a project of the Polish Institute in Prague and the Václav Havel Library.


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