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Giving a voice to the women of Afghanistan

Elisabeth Lehr reads from the book “The Sky is a Nest of Swallows,” a collection of work from the Afghan Women’s Writers Project’s online magazine.

Elisabeth Lehr reads from the book “The Sky is a Nest of Swallows,” a collection of work from the Afghan Women’s Writers Project’s online magazine. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

But in the same poem, she expressed the other side of where she is from—music, laughter, friendship and a love of nature and exploration.

They are simple things that most can relate to, things that can easily be taken for granted.

Suzanne Hungerford, advisor of the Plattsburgh State Chapter of National Student’s Language and Hearing Association, the student club for the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, sponsored the event in hopes of showing her students the power of words.

“They’re aspiring to be speech language pathologists and they’re very interested in the power of communication and what communication does for human beings,” Hungerford said. “It’s interesting that it can be considered subversive to be able to communicate.”

Hungerford added that communication is a person’s way of asserting their individual personality, hopes and dreams, and that it can help them become free as individuals and as a nation.

“There is no better example of how communication can be liberating than the Afghan Women’s Writing Project,” she said.

Currently, the AWWP has about 50 volunteers, has a book of collected work for sale called “The Sky is a Nest of Swallows,” and is always accepting donations.

For more information, visit awwproject.org

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