War & Peace & War: Twenty Years in Afghanistan

British Library, London.

War & Peace & War: Twenty Years in Afghanistan 

Tuesday 16 July 19:15 – 20:30 British Library Eliot Room  
Doors open 18:00

Afghanistan and Afghan voices - beyond the news cycles
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ADMISSION £8.00 (£8.00) Fully booked
MEMBER £4.00 (£4.00) Fully booked
CONCESSION £4.00 (£4.00) Fully booked
*Concession includes students/18-25/registered unemployed
SENIOR 60+ £7.00 (£7.00) Fully booked

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This is an in-person only event in the British Library Pigott Theatre 

In early 2022, veteran journalist Andrew North was kidnapped by the Taliban. By the time he found himself imprisoned in a jail cell, he had been reporting from Afghanistan for two decades, coming to know hundreds of Afghans along the way. This book brings together both his and their stories.  

Farzana was banned from attending school as a child, but education would take her further than she could have imagined. Bilal's dream of becoming a journalist came true, but at a cost. While Abdul's ambition to become a doctor was thwarted, Jahan's prospects transformed radically for the better. And in a quiet province, the life of a boy called Naqibullah was shattered. 

Witness to both the country's transformation and the mistakes that eventually led to its collapse, in War & Peace & War, Andrew North vividly evokes a country where foreign powers and internal forces have been on a collision course for over two centuries. He will be in conversation with Afghan journalist, Zarghuna Kargar.   
Andrew North is an award-winning British journalist and former BBC foreign correspondent in Afghanistan, Iraq, India and the United States. He first reported from Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and was based in Kabul for many years. He has covered conflicts across Asia and the Middle East and contributed to a wide range of international publications, including The Economist, The Guardian, The Independent, Nikkei Asia and Foreign Policy. In his spare time, he sketches. His artistic reportage work has been recognised with a Webby nomination. 
Zarghuna Kargar is an award-winning journalist for BBC World News. She produced and presented the BBC Afghan Woman`s hour and is the author of Dear Zari, The Secret Lives of Women in Afghanistan (2012), a book that reveals the lives of women across Afghanistan, in their own words. She has dedicated most of her journalistic career to working for and with Afghan women, reporting and writing their stories. She also wrote Amina’s story, in 2013’s Girl Rising documentary. She speaks Pashto, Dari, English, and Urdu. 
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