City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh evening on Afghanistan to feature local author


By afghanaid - Posted on 26 February 2008

James Fergusson, the Edinburgh-based author of Kandahar Cockney, will take part in a free evening of information and discussion on Afghanistan in Scotland’s capital on 28 February.

At the event run by the UK charity Afghanaid, Mr Fergusson will give his thoughts on the situation in the country and talk about his latest book, due out this year.

He will be joined by Holly Ritchie, a director of Afghanaid who has been working in Afghanistan for several years and who will give the latest news on attempts to build up the country’s economy.

Dominic O’Reilly, UK Director for Afghanaid, said this was an excellent chance for Scots to learn more about one of the world’s poorest and most unstable countries and discover how they can help.

“Afghanaid has worked independently in Afghanistan for 25 years and currently supports 500,000 people in four of the country’s most isolated provinces. Our projects range from teaching agriculture to women’s rights and are aimed at creating a stable, secure and prosperous Afghanistan. The presence of more than 41,000 international troops in Afghanistan, including the Royal Regiment of Scotland, shows the global importance of this and we need the public’s support to continue our work.”

The event is at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL from 6.30 – 8.00 and Afghan scarves and jewellery will be for sale. Afghanaid also has three places in the Edinburgh Marathon and runners can sign up on the night.

To attend or for more information contact Amanda Curley on amanda@afghanaid.org.uk or 020 7065 0825.

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