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Afghan Returnees

Only Available in Archive Formats.
Afghan Returnees

Afghan Returnees

Afghan Returnees

Only Available in Archive Formats.


Ajmal Ghani
* Member, Afghan-American Community, Northern Virginia
* Activist and president, Afghan Sports Federation, Springfield, VA

Rauf Mehrpore
* Broadcaster with the Voice of America (VOA)
* Covered Hamid Karzai inauguration in Kabul (first time in Kabul in 23 years)

Hassina Sherijan
* Executive Director of Afghanistan Libre (non-profit organization that provides educational aid to Afghanistan)
* Left Afghanistan when she was 18 years old, and recently returned to see the country's new president sworn in. Will be moving back to Kabul in the next few weeks.

Mohsin Hamid
* Author, Moth Smoke (Picador USA, 2001)
* Pakistani national - going back to live in Pakistan -on leave of absence from management consulting job in London - going back to live in Pakistan

It's been more than 20 years since many Afghan-Americans have been able to visit their homeland. Now as the country begins to re-build itself, many are finding it necessary to go "home." Join host Neal Conan and Afghan-Americans for a discussion about why they decided to go back to Afghanistan, and what it was like to return to the cities and towns of their childhood.