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Afghanistan

Teacher Resources

Thank you for making portraits for children in Afghanistan!

We know that many teachers use the Portrait Program as a chance to teach their students about the lives and culture of the children for whom they create portraits. Feel free to use the following resources to guide your discussions. 

Overview

Since the 1970s, few countries on earth have experienced as much turmoil and tragedy as Afghanistan. Today that trend continues with the resurgence of the Taliban and other terrorist groups. Many Afghan civilians live in constant threat of violence and human rights atrocities. Families, including thousands of children, are being displaced and forced to live in extreme poverty and fear. Quite simply, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these children to see themselves portrayed as works of art through the eyes of American children often made out to be the enemy. The portraits your students create will send a powerful message of peace and caring through art that these children might never otherwise receive. 

Helpful Links

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Learn about some traditional Afghan dishes from this blog post from The Afghan Perspective. 

AFGHAN CUISINE

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This blog post on SIPRI begins to summarize what the Afghan people continue to endure after 40 years of violent conflict. 

40 YEARS OF CONFLICT

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This short video on Vimeo shows stunning footage of the places and people around Afghanistan. 

PEOPLE & PLACES

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See what the top attractions in Afghanistan are with this article from The Crazy Tourist. 

TOP DESTINATIONS

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Learn a bit about life in Afghanistan through the eyes of kids who are learning to skateboard in Kabul with this video on Vimeo.

SKATEISTAN

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This BBC video news report shows what life under the Taliban is like for Afghan citizens. 

LIFE UNDER THE TALIBAN

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