Rotary, Youth Journalism International host survivor of terrorist attack in Afghanistan

BRISTOL — A survivor of the recent terrorist attack on the American University of Afghanistan will speak Thursday at the Bristol Public Library in a forum co-sponsored by the Bristol Rotary Club and Youth Journalism International.

Edrees Kakar, the deputy director of development for the university in Kabul, will talk starting at 6:45 p.m. in the small meeting room at the 5 High St. library. He will answer questions as well.

Kakar will discuss the situation in Afghanistan, the country that gave Osama bin Laden sanctuary before 9-11, and the terrible attack recently that killed students and teachers at his university.

There will be a small reception beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15.

This is a great chance to learn more about what’s going on in a country where 10,000 U.S. troops remain from someone who’s living it day in and day out.

Kakar is a former student of YJI and serves on the nonprofit’s board of directors. This is the first time he’s been able to visit the United States.