The Last Thousand

One School's Promise in a Nation at War by Jeffrey E. Stern

  • Published: Aug 30, 2020

Under the protection of foreign forces, a special place has flourished in Afghanistan. The Marefat School is an award-winning institution in the western slums of Kabul, built by one of the countrys most vulnerable minorities, the Hazara. Marefat educates... read more

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Details of The Last Thousand

Exact title of the book
The Last Thousand
Book author
Jeffrey E. Stern
ISBN
9781466850996
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Jan 26, 2016
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
3168 kB

Some brief overview of book

Under the protection of foreign forces, a special place has flourished in Afghanistan. The Marefat School is an award-winning institution in the western slums of Kabul, built by one of the countrys most vulnerable minorities, the Hazara. Marefat educates both girls and boys; it teaches students to embrace the arts, criticize their leaders, interrogate their religion, and be active citizens in a rapidly changing country.

But they are dependent on foreign forces for security. When the United States begins to withdraw from Afghanistan, they are left behind, unprotected. Acclaimed journalist Jeffrey E.

Stern explores the stakes of war through the eyes of those touched by Marefat the schools daring founder and leader, Aziz Royesh; a mother of five who finds freedom in literacy; a clever mechanic; a self-taught astronomer; the schools security director; and several intrepid students who carry Marefats mission to the streets. We see how Marefat has embraced the United States and blossomed under its presence--and how much it stands to lose as that protection disappears. The Last Thousand tells the story of what we leave behind when our foreign wars end.

It shows us up close the promise, as well as the peril, of our military adventures abroad. Stern presents a nuanced and fascinating portrait of the complex history of Afghanistan, its American occupation, and the ways in which once community rallies together in compelling, heartbreaking, and inspiring detail.

About author

E. STERN has been named both a Pulitzer Center Fellow for Crisis Reporting, and a Graduate Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation. Stern's reporting has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Slate, Time, and The New Republic.

He has also been featured on PBS News Hour, NPR Morning Edition, and Morning Joe among others.

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