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This book offers views of middle class, Afghan family life rarely referenced in other books or news stories. My husband's fluency in Farsi and Dari allowed us to be "insiders" during our Peace Corps days.  I developed enough proficiency in Dari to regain that status on my own during the past 12 years. I also interacted with Afghans from a wide range of social classes during my work and travel in 16 provinces of the country.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Bennett & Hastings Publishing (March 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934733822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934733820
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne Griffin and her late husband Michael, who had just completed two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in Iran, arrived in Kabul as newlyweds in 1968. There Michael began a second PC assignment as a Field Officer. The couple traveled for 18 months in support of PC programs in northern and eastern provinces of Afghanistan.

Ten years later, their two young daughters were introduced to the culture of Iran when the couple accepted positions in Isfahan. After seven months in the country, the Iranian Revolution forced their evacuation.

Three years after her husband's untimely death, Suzanne used her summer sabbatical to volunteer with an international NGO and work on women's literacy, English and development programs in Afghanistan. Requests for Suzanne to return to that country changed the focus of her career. For 12 years, Suzanne has had significant roles in education and training programs for Afghan professionals in health, English teaching, education and public administration. She currently leads a higher education public administration program that ends in 2016.

Suzanne is active in Emerald City Rotary Club, Rotary Computers for the World (C4W) and Sahar Education International--an organization that builds and supports girls' schools in Afghanistan. When in Seattle, she enjoys time with family (including her five grandchildren, friends and colleagues.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Plyler on April 11, 2014
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A man I admire sent this book to me, and perhaps I have rated it a little higher because of that. If you have an interest in what we have done in Afghanistan, then Griffin's book will provide a good base of information. She recounts memories of the Afghanistan she experienced while married to a Peace Corps volunteer in the 60s. This was the country before the Russian invasion, and it is a good "before" to the "after"—her more recent experiences working to improve education for girls and women. Everyone who goes to Afghanistan describes the country as both harsh and beautiful. Suzanne Griffin saw the country before 40-plus years of war ground much of it into rubble, and knows what has been lost, and what has endured. The back and forth organization, from the early memories to the more recent ones, may seem a little rough but what the book lacks in polish it makes up in warmth and passion for the subject. Griffin believes we have made some differences that better conditions in the country. She makes a good case with statistics, and that is truly encouraging to me. We seem to be about to withdraw—something that has become a habit for the US. Let us hope that the Taliban will not rise again.
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By D. A. Hergert on August 19, 2014
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This is an important new book about an American woman’s long experience in a country that she loves and is devoted to. Suzanne Griffin has lived and worked in Afghanistan during two distinct periods of her life. The first was in 1968, when, newly married, she joined her husband Michael in a Peace Corps staff assignment as a Field Officer, a job that involved extensive travel around the country. They settled into a home base near Kabul University, and they proceeded to tend to the needs of Peace Corps volunteers in their assigned territory, the eastern and northern regions.

Meanwhile, Griffin began studying Dari, the version of Persian that is spoken in northern Afghanistan, and she began adjusting to the realities of being a woman in a conservative Moslem nation. She learned how to dress, how to behave in the company of Afghan men, and, in short, how to limit her aspirations. She and her husband would remain in the country until mid-1969.

More than 30 years later, Griffin’s life had changed: She had raised a family, earned a Ph.D. in education, established a career as a college professor, and, sadly, lost her husband Michael, who died in 1999. She returned to Afghanistan in June of 2002 in her mid-‘50s, ostensibly for a summer sabbatical, which turned into a decade of service to her adopted home.

“On this trip to Afghanistan,” she writes, “I knew exactly what I was doing. I was coming back to where I’d started my life with Michael. . . I was returning on behalf of both of us to let the Afghan people know that we had not abandoned them, and to do what I could to help them rebuild after three decades of war.
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A fascinating memoir of Griffin’s persistent and effective efforts to ameliorate some of the damage wreaked by the Taliban regime on the Afghan people, especially women and girls. Her special gifts – an early affinity for the land and people, her organizational and educational knowledge and experience, and her heartfelt desire to extend the hand of friendship – ensured her success in undertaking such challenging endeavors during very difficult times. I especially enjoyed the flashbacks comparing her recent experiences with her sojourns of decades earlier. Mashallah!
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Suzanne Griffin succeeds in taking the reader on a journey through episodes of her personal and professional life covering a period of thirty years that are interwoven with key developments of Afghanistan. Quite often in dangerous situations her commitment focused on the education of women and girls. Because Suzanne is a speaker of several Afghan languages the reader gains unique insights into the complex cultures of a country often misrepresented in popular media.
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By KRedmond on June 24, 2014
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informative, well written and a fresh (at least for me) look at a faraway place usually viewed through sterile news reports...
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