Lessons of Love in Afghanistan: A Lifelong Commitment to the Afghan People

Author: Suzanne M. Griffin
Published: March 1, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-934733-82-0
Pages: 268
Size: 6.14 x 9.21
Type: Paperback
Price: $17.95
Categories: Travel Memoir

Often risky, sometimes dangerous, Suzanne Griffin's work in Afghanistan has been sustained by love. In 1968, she went to Afghanistan a neophyte. Romantic love had led her there as a newlywed, the wife of a Peace Corps Field Officer. Love for the Afghan people led her back thirty-four years later, a respected college dean and a widow who knew her heart and had the education, position, tenacity and grace to help Afghans rebuild their country. She has helped improve training for Afghan teachers, university instructors and health professionals, access to education for women and girls, and quality of maternal and newborn health care. Love, as she says, can take you many places that you never dreamed of going.

In this memoir, you will see that traditional cultures which respect wisdom and age allow older, educated, energetic foreign women to overcome barriers that impede younger foreign co-workers.

You will meet Afghans whose sacrifices for love illustrate the strength of the human heart.

You will understand how it is possible to survive widowhood and heartache by following a compelling call to serve others on a large scale.

You will see how one woman helps overcome perceived cultural barriers by applying the simple principles of inclusiveness, respect, and power-based negotiation.

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