Afghanistan_WomenNicholas D. Kristof

A Jewish woman who lost her husband in the September 11 attacks is planning to speak at mosques in order to recruit members to join her in her battle against poverty and illiteracy in Afghanistan. Kristof looks at how Susan Retik and her partner, another widow from September 11, started a nonprofit called Beyond the 11th to do so, and he reviews many of the organization’s initiatives. Although education and employment are not panaceas, they do chip away at fundamentalism over time, and the work offers an antidote to anti-Islamic hysteria on this anniversary of 9/11.

Kristof is a New York Times columnist.

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