This morning we went to Mònica Bernabé’s talk at Caixa Forum. We have been there several times: to talks, concerts and exhibitions. Today, 2nd year Batx students joined us and despite age difference both groups seemed to have enjoyed the talk.
Now, in class we’ll try to investigate and learn more about the things we heard. Some of the words she used you might have heard them many times before; words such as “WAR” ,“DEATH” “FREEDOM”. But you might also have heard new ones such as war criminals, cold war, talibans, mujahideens, burka, human rights, civilians, casualties, coallition forces, lords of the war,UN economic index.
However, after her talk, I hope that these words have stopped being just words for you. Despite living in a very different reality, you should know that there are people and stories behind them, They are not just a list of meaningless concepts to be learnt by heart . If I were a journalist and I was asked to choose a quote from Mònica’s talk, I guess I would choose “We live in a bubble and things we take for granted are not so in Afghanistan”
Homework: Tomorrow, Friday 4th, I would like to see your comments on Mònica’s talk in the blog. Summarise the main contents and explain the parts you liked best. She spoke in Catalan and part of the videos she showed us were in English or in Spanish, so it is up to you, you can post your comments in the language you prefer: Catalan, Spanish or English.
The data about Afghanistan I asked you to look for (size, population,economy, religion, languages, life expectancy,demography, political system) you have to post them in English.
I found in You Tube the animation video that Mònica’s organization, (ASDHA) The Association for Human Rights in Afghanistan, made as part of the campaign to remove war criminals from Afghan parliament. Watch it again. I have uploaded the English version, but if you go to the site, you can also watch it in Catalan and in Spanish. It is a good summary of the last 30 years of the country history and war conflict.