Kinder Afghanistans: Augen, die zu früh zu viel gesehen haben — Von Katharina Pfannkuch | Article in German on Afghan children’s Dreams for the future

Normalerweise lichtet er Models und Designerkleider für Hochglanzmagazine ab. Die größte Herausforderung aber fand der Fotograf Ruvan Wijesooriya in Afghanistan. Vor seiner Kamera: Schulkinder mit Traumata – und Träumen

Diese afghanischen Schüler sind in einem Jahrbuch erschienen

 Sie blicken würdevolll, fast feierlich: Diese afghanischen Schüler sind in einem Jahrbuch erschienen



Taiba, Lyda und Soriya leben im afghanischen Mir Bacha Kot, rund 25 Kilometer nördlich von Kabul. Hier standen die drei Mädchen vor der Kamera von Ruvan Wijesooriya. „Für die meisten von ihnen war es das erste Mal“, erinnert sich der 37-Jährige, der extra aus New York anreiste, um insgesamt 238 Schülerinnen und Schüler der „Roots of Peace“-Schule zu fotografieren und sie von ihren Träumen erzählen zu lassen. Für die überwiegend ernsten Gesichtsausdrücke hat Wijesooriya eine einfache Erklärung: „Diese Kinder kennen Porträtfotos fast nur von Generälen oder Märtyrern, also imitierten sie deren Ernsthaftigkeit“. Und so lächeln zwar einige von ihnen ausgelassen in die Kamera, viele blicken jedoch würdevoll, fast feierlich. Auch Taiba.

Dass sie zur Schule gehen kann, ist keine Selbstverständlichkeit in ihrer von Krieg und patriarchischen Strukturen gezeichneten Heimat. Noch vor rund zehn Jahren besuchten nur rund 900.000 Kinder und Jugendliche überhaupt die wenigen Schulen des Landes. Mädchen waren vom öffentlichen Bildungswesen nahezu ausgeschlossen. Heute machen sie fast 40 Prozent der mittlerweile über acht Millionen Schüler in Afghanistan aus – zumindest bis zu einem gewissen Alter: „Sobald sie in die Pubertät kommen, verschwinden sie meist aus den Schulen und leben sehr zurückgezogen“, erzählt Wijesooriya. Die Momente davor hat er in beeindruckenden Bildern festgehalten.


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PEW Research Center: Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group — By Michael Lipka and Conrad Hackett on FACTANK

The expected growth of Islam around the world is perhaps the most striking finding in the recent Pew Research Center report projecting the future of religious groups. Indeed, Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the overall world population between 2010 and 2050 and, in the second half of this century, will likely surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group.


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More than a third of Muslims are concentrated in Africa and the Middle East, regions that are projected to have the biggest population increases. But even within these high-growth regions – as well as others – Muslims are projected to grow faster than members of other groups. For example, Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, on average, are younger and have higher fertility than the overall population of the region. In fact, Muslims are expected to grow as a percentage of every region except Latin America and the Caribbean, where relatively few Muslims live.


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One-Day Conference on Sufism, Peace & Democracy — @Pakistan Ki Awaz, AAJ TV

One-Day Conference on Sufism

From Rumi till Khuwaja Fareed, all the Sufi saints were Muslims , have no doubt about that”, this was stated by Dr. Jawed Hassan Chandio, chairman Sariki Department, Islamia university of Bhalwalpur concluding the one day conference on “Sufism, Peace and Democracy” organized by Women Media Center Pakistan in collaboration with Rumi Love Foundation supported by National Endowment for Democracy yesterday 3pm at PC Hotel, Karachi.


The noted journalist Nazir Leghari, open the forum criticizing the state for creating the current narrative of extremist Islam. He said,” The religion that was sent for us has disappeared; the one that we see now has been imposed on us by the state.” The entire Muslim Ummah is seeing a very distorted version of religion, which is blood thirsty and kills human being with impunity, architecture and other reminiscent of old civilizations are being destroyed. He talked about the immense contribution of Sufism in the sub-continent for promoting love, peace and religious tolerance.



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Airports, Homes, Factories, Stadiums, Palaces and Infrastructure Destroyed in War in Yemen — Written by Noon Arabia on Global Voices on line com

biggest airstrike reported shook the capital Sanaa on April 20.

The biggest airstrike reported shook the capital Sanaa on April 20. On Twitter, @ammar82 shares this photograph from the blast site, in a residential area. The bombing has left dozens of people dead and hundreds injured

It’s been a month since Arab coalition forces have been pounding Yemen with airstrikes which have not been limited to military sites. The Houthi/Saleh aggression in Southern Yemen has also caused massive destruction in the beautiful city of Aden.

A published report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on April 17 summarises the vast destruction:


Civilian infrastructure has been destroyed, damaged and disrupted as a result of the fighting, including at least five hospitals (Sana’a, Al Dhale’e and Aden), 15 schools and educational institutions (Aden, Al Dhale’e, and Sana’a), the three main national airports (Sana’a, Aden and Hudaydah), and at least two bridges, two factories and four mosques in Al Dhale’e. Reports have also been received of damage to local markets, power stations, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure in Aden, Hajjah and Sa’ada. Civilians’ private homes are being directly affected by airstrikes and armed clashes, particularly in the south.


Saudi Arabia, leading the military operation in the war in Yemen, announced yesterday (April 21), it was ending Operation Decisive storm after reaching its aims and is starting Operation Restoring Hope, which aims at finding a political solution in the country it had been bombing for the last four weeks. A total of 944 people have been killed and 3,487 injured in fighting in Yemen since Saudi Arabia launched its military campaign on March 26.

The majority of these powerful photographs and videos show the vast devastation and destruction caused by the US-backed Saudi Arabia-led Operation Decisive Storm airstrikes, while some are by the Houthi/Saleh tank bombardments:

Yemen Updates and other Twitter users shared news and images of the massive destruction, across Yemeni cities, caused by the war.


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Heritage Woods student’s award win will go to cystic fibrosis research — The Tri-City News

Areez Saleh, a Grade 12 student at Heritage Woods secondary,

Areez Saleh, a Grade 12 student at Heritage Woods secondary, was one of 12 students around the world to win the ScotiaBank Bright Future award. The award comes with $2,500 to donate to the student’s charity of choice.

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A Grade 12 student at Heritage Woods secondary is one of six students in Canada to win a $2,500 Scotiabank Bright Future award — and he’s donating to a fundraiser tomorrow to help a family in need at the Port Moody school.


Areez Saleh is one of 12 youths from around the world to receive the award, which honours students engaged in volunteer work. Winners, who must complete 100 hours of volunteer work and submit an essay describing the effect of their contributions on charitable organizations, their community and themselves, receive $2,500 to donate to a charity of their choice, as well as a tablet computer for their own use.




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Meet the Speakers dedicated volunteers from across Canada that promotes discussion and learning on global issues — Aga Khan Foundation Canada

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The Speaker Bureau is a group of dedicated volunteers from across Canada that promotes discussion and learning on global issues and inspires Canadians to get involved in international development. Learn More

Are you looking for a dynamic speaker to inform and motivate your audience about global issues and international development? Do you want to learn more about how people from across the country are contributing to reducing global poverty and find out what you can do too?

The Speaker Bureau is a group of dedicated volunteers from across Canada that promotes discussion and learning on global issues and inspires Canadians to get involved in international development.

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Presentations range from 20 to 60 minutes. Through personal stories and speakers’ first-hand experience, audiences will learn about the value and impact of international development and how Canadians are contributing to improving the quality of life of communities in the developing world.

Presentations can be tailored to a variety of audiences, such as students, educators, community groups, service clubs, businesses/corporations, student leadership associations, and non-profit organizations.

Topics range from empowering communities, promoting gender equality, improving rural livelihoods and strengthening access to quality education and healthcare.


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One truck can take Canadians on a trip around the world: The Together Exhibition launches in Ottawa —News wire Canada


OTTAWA, April 20, 2015 /CNW/ – The Together truck is driving change across Canada – and Ottawa is the first stop on the tour.

Together: An exhibition on global development is an interactive, bilingual experience for all ages, highlighting Canadian contributions to improving the lives of people around the world.

Housed in a custom-built truck with 1,000 square feet of exhibition space, Together officially launches in Ottawa on Wednesday, embarking on its two-year journey across the country.

The truck will travel coast-to-coast, featuring powerful photography, film, and audio; one-of-a-kind objects; an interactive world map of Canadian contributions overseas; and a skills quiz for visitors to discover how they can help in the fight against global poverty.

The exhibition was developed by Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), and features the work of 21 Canadian organizations working to reduce poverty around the world.


“Today’s global development challenges are immense and complex, but there are solutions – many of them thanks to Canada’s leadership and collaboration,” said Khalil Z. Shariff, chief executive officer of AKFC. “Together will spark and inform a conversation about the extraordinary ways in which Canadians are making a difference in the developing world.”

Together officially launches on Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat (199 Sussex Drive).

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will participate in the launch.


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Together: An exhibition on global development  — Aga Khan Foundation Canada


Step into a world of opportunity…

Where improving quality of life in the developing world is more than just a hope – it’s a reality.

Together: An exhibition on global development is hitting the road, visiting communities across the country to explore how Canadians are driving global change.



About the exhibit

Together: An exhibition on global development is an innovative, interactive and multi-sensory experience designed to spark conversations about the role that Canadians can play in reducing global poverty.

This unique, mobile exhibition is housed in a 53-foot, custom vehicle. With 1,000 square feet of exhibit space, Together transports visitors around the globe. The exhibition features:

  • Powerful photography, film and audio that bring the individual stories behind global change to life

  • Interactive components and unique objects that enable visitors to explore innovative solutions to global challenges – and uncover how they can build on their own skills and interests to take action

  • Opportunities for visitors to share their experience with one another and with their social networks

A bilingual exhibition, Together is joining communities across Canada in a conversation about global change. In 2015 the exhibition travels across Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. In 2016 it will travel to northern Ontario and then on to central and western Canada.

Join AKFC in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 22 for the launch of Together.

Event Schedule

Admission to the exhibition is free. The exhibit is fully bilingual and supported by knowledgeable staff. The experience is mainly self-guided, with an average length of visit between 20 and 45 minutes.

The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.


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