Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistanby Michael Sullivan, Tony O'Brien
If the stories that come out of Afghanistan are ever to contain hope for the future, then the young people readers will meet in these pages are that hope. From street workers to female students in newly formed academies, children who work in family businesses, and pickpockets who steal from visiting photographers, these are the faces of young Afghanis who… See more details below
If the stories that come out of Afghanistan are ever to contain hope for the future, then the young people readers will meet in these pages are that hope. From street workers to female students in newly formed academies, children who work in family businesses, and pickpockets who steal from visiting photographers, these are the faces of young Afghanis who universally wish for peace in their neighborhoods, in their country, in their lifetimes.
Award-winning photojournalist Tony O'Brien and filmmaker Mike Sullivan went to Afghanistan to interview and photograph children of a wide range of ages, from varied ethnic backgrounds, and with very different daily lives. As each one tells his or her story the reader is placed right in the middle of everyday life as it is lived by children in the midst of one of the world's most enduringly conflict-ridden countries.
Gr 4 Up
This handsome photo-essay features contemporary Afghan children ranging in age from 8 to 18 years. They were asked about their families, lives, and hopes for the future. The young people's straightforward statements tell much about the devastating effects of decades of war. Some of them are still able to attend school; others wish they could. Even the youngest children work part of the day, often at street markets or in their family businesses, such as rug making. Two 10-year-olds pick pockets to survive. The matter-of-fact way they describe losing parents, siblings, and homes to war is jarring. Overall, the book provides a sensitive, poignant, and respectful look at the lives of these young people. It avoids sentimentality and politicizing. While the book will need an introduction, it offers Western children insight into a country and society often featured in the news. This is a timely, relevant, and well-executed offering.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
- Bloomsbury USA
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.40(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 14 Years
Meet the Author
Tony O'Brien's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Time, Life, Newsweek and many others. He is the head of the Documentary Studies program at the College of Santa Fe. When he's not traveling to the far corners of the world, he lives with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Mike Sullivan is a bush pilot and filmmaker, spent years working with Jacques Cousteau, and has done humanitarian and environmental work all over the world including Central America, Africa, Irian Jaya, and Alaska. He studied film at the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he currently lives with his family.
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