4 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-264

Photographic exhibition of children’s lives in Ghowr

GHOWR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – ISAF soldiers from Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Chaghcharan distributed 30 disposable cameras between three schools on March 20, the eve of Now Ruz. The children within the schools were encouraged to take photographs for an exhibition in Lithuania to show the humanitarian initiatives taking place inside Afghanistan.  

This initiative was supported by the Director of the Education Department in Lithuania, Eid Gul Aazim, and the cameras were distributed by PRT Chaghcharan Civilian-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Team.

The chaplain of PRT Chaghcharan Captain Virginijus Veilentas, Sergeant Julija Misinaite, of the CIMIC Team and a doctor from the Chaghcharan hospital, Juma Gul Jaqubi (who has previously working in Lithuania), visited two boy-schools and one girls school in Chaghcharan.  There pupils were introduced to the basic concepts of photography and were shown images of Afghanistan to give them some ideas on what they could photograph. They then had 24 hours to take their photographs, after which the cameras were collected and sent to Lithuania for developing.  The participating pupils and their teachers were also given souvenirs from the visiting Lithuanian troops.

Displaying life of Afghanistan children through their own perspective was a suggestion of the project manager of “New Europe Initiate” Association, Eugenija Tautkute, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO) of Lithuania (representative - Birute Urboniene).

Exhibitions of the pictures taken by the Ghowr children will take place April 17-18, during the Lithuanian-Afghan non-governmental organisations’ forum in National Martynas Mazvydas Library in Lithuania.  After that, the display will move to the National Philharmonic, opening on May 6.  The NPO will also take the exhibition on tour around Lithuania.   It is also hoped that the photographs will be displayed Vilnius, Capital of Lithuania, June 1, Child Protection Day.  It is hoped that this exhibition will raise the profile of the challenges facing Afghanistan and its people.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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