News: Article about Libraries in Afghanistan

4.6.16 – To Feed Hungry Minds, Afghans Seed a Ravaged Land With Books
by Mujib Mashalmarch, 3/30/16, Panjwai Journal/New York Times

PANJWAI, Afghanistan — At first glance, it is not much of a library: two shelves of about 1,600 books and magazines in a basement room deep into a dusty alley of adobe homes in rural Panjwai District, in southern Afghanistan. The mattresses and blankets stacked in the corner still give the vibe of the guest quarters the room once was.

But the register shows how parts of the community here, particularly younger residents, have come to value any chance to indulge their curiosity, in a place that was at the heart of the original Taliban uprising in the 1990s and became a watchword for the tragedy and deprivation brought by war…

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