The NGO’s offices were sparse and well worn, but they bustled with a palpable sense of purpose. Our host’s hospitality was unerring. For reasons that will become obvious, we will call him Dr. Ahmed Hasan. Everything else about him and his work is precisely as related.
Dr. Hasan is director of operations for an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) providing relief for “Internally Displaced Persons,” (IDPs) or refugees as they were once called. He said he coordinates an agriculture and livestock project, midwifery services, immunizations, women’s empowerment, women’s shelters and a “weatherization” program that consists primarily of distributing firewood and small, tin heating stoves to people living in mud huts that have blankets for doors.The above is from Mike Ferner's "Afghanistan: Not a Place for Life" (World Can't Wait) and my part to make sure we all remember there's more than one story in the world.
Wednesday on NPR's Talk of the Nation, the guests were: Craig Shirley, Lou Cannon, Brendan Koerner, Yossi Klein Halevi, Shibley Telhami, Eric Westervelt and Bobby Lane. 7 guests and not one damn one of them was a woman. Where's Alicia Shephard? (Kat explained Alicia is, as usual, do nothing, certainly not her job. Read Kat's "Alicia Shephard: Waste of NPR money.")
Thursday, the guests were: Karen DeYoung, Barry Blechman, Corey Flintoff, Meghan Daum, Clarence the Crosseyed Clarabell Lusane and Sameh Abdelaziz. 6 guests, 2 were women.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"