April 23, 2018

U.S. Donates Books to Afghan Library

By LJ Staff

While U.S. military action continues in post-Taliban Afghanistan, there is also action on other fronts, as U.S. officials have donated more than 20,000 books to the Taliban-decimated Kabul University library. The collection, which had been kept in a U.S. cultural center in Kabul, includes reference books and science textbooks. Acting U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker touted the collection as a sign of rebuilding the battered nation’s educational infrastructure, telling those attending a rededication of the library that the books were intended to help Afghans  “once again think for themselves.” Afghan minister of higher education Sherief Fayez said library staff welcomed the donation and had already “purged old Russian and Arab texts” from the library’s collection.