Eyewitness to War: Afghan and Iraqi Perspectives

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Fri, 06/25/2010 - 1:00pm - 5:30pm
Event Location: 
Cobo Hall: W1-53
Full Description: 

Interactive panel discussion with Iraqi and Afghan activists working to end the wars. Eyewitness accounts, analysis and strategies for U.S. alternatives to war.

Moderator: Peter Lems, Program Director for education and advocacy on Iraq and Afghanistan at the American Friends Service Committee
• Dr. Zaher Wahab, Education Professor at Lewis and Clark College and just returned from four months teaching in Kabul.
• Raed Jarrar, AFSC Iraq Consultant and Senior Fellow Peace Action
• Ghulam Farooq, Senior Advisor, Afghanistan Human Rights Organization, Kabul
• Mary Zerkel, National Coordinator, Eyes Wide Open/Cost of War Campaigns American Friends Service Committee.

Dr. Zaher Wahab Served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan for five years from 2002-2007, and was instrumental in designing and now teaching the only Masters Degree program for teacher education faculty throughout Afghanistan.

Raed Jarrar is an Iraqi-born architect, blogger, and political analyst. After the U.S.-led invasion, he became the country director for CIVIC Worldwide, the only door-to-door casualty survey group in post-war Iraq. He also established an NGO called Emaar, (meaning "reconstruction" in Arabic), a grassroots organization that provided humanitarian and political aid to Iraqi internally displaced persons.

Ghulam Farooq is a senior advisor to the Afghanistan Human Rights Organization based in Kabul. A local non-governmental organization that since 1997 has provided legal aid to more than 4,000 victims of human rights abuses in Afghanistan. The organization has one of the largest defense attorney staffs of any private legal aid providers in Afghanistan.

Organizer Name: 
Peter Lems
Organizer Email: 
First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
AFSC Antiwar Campaigns
Endless War: militarization, criminalization and human rights
International Solidarity and Responsibility: building a unified response to global crises
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