Afghanistan Update: Aga Khan Trust for Culture Resumes Work in Kabul; Ismaili CIVIC to Host Supply Drive For Afghan Refugees at 3 Chicago Jamatkhanas

Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Philip Kennicott, art and architecture critic of The Washington Post, reports in the paper’s August 30, 2021 edition that The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in Afghanistan which was closed for about a week after the Taliban took over Kabul, has restarted some long-running projects, including a major restoration and development project of historical buildings along the Kabul River that employs some 900 people. “We are cautiously optimistic,” said Ajmal Maiwandi, who heads AKTC in Afghanistan. That optimism is based on promises the Taliban has made and, so far, mostly kept to respect historical and cultural heritage sites, and on their recent behavior in Kabul. “There were a lot of doomsday scenarios prior to the events of the last 10 days, but the most drastic of those predictions have not materialized,” Ajmal told the Post…. Please read full Washington Post story Artists and cultural workers face life under Taliban

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Ismaili CIVIC

In a story dated August 31, 2021, Tom Robb reports in the on-line edition of Journal and Topics that members of the Ismaili CIVIC organization will host a supply donation drive-thru on Saturday September 4 to create welcome kits for Afghan refugees at three locations: Glenview Jamatkhana at 100 Shermer Rd., the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Chicago’s North Side Edgewater neighborhood, and the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Naperville….. To read Tom Robb’s report click HERE or on image below.

A view of the Glenview Ismaili Jamatkhana in the Chicago area.
A view of the Glenview Jamatkhana in the Chicago area, one of three Ismaili Jamatkhana locations to host donation for refugees from Afghanistan on Saturday September 4, 2021. Please click on image for story.

Date posted: September 2, 2021.
Last updated: September 3, 2021 (link to Washington Post article added, see top).

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