About the Book
Charlotte Dufour has worked for various humanitarian and development organizations in Afghanistan between 2000 - during the Taliban regime - until 2010. She shares the struggles and joys inherent to the life of an aid worker, and the rich encounters she experienced over these years of conflict, reconstruction and hope.
Using her memories as a backdrop, she introduces the reader to seven of her Afghan friends who recount their lives through three decades of war. These friends - men and women - come from different regions, from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds. Each story is unique, humble, tragic and dignified, just like that of so many others. Yet they are all bound by a common and enduring struggle for the reconstruction of their country.
Going beyond images of terrorism, veiled women, fallen soldiers, corruption and killed civilians, this book is an invitation to discover a country where the light is sown from gold, and whose people draw strength from their faith, humor, and hope.
(The book was first published in French with the title "Amitiés Afghanes, dix ans de vies partagées", by the Editions Farad. The text has been translated by Philip Hodder, and includes a new epilogue as well as photographs by the author.)
Charlotte Dufour has spent most of the first ten years of her professional life working for various aid organizations in Afghanistan between 2000 and 2010. Her professional field is in nutrition and food systems. After her years in Afghanistan, she lived in Italy for 7 years working with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in support of food and nutrition policies in sub-Saharan Africa and globally. Since 2017, she works as an independent consultant and is now based in France where she founded the company Narayan (www.narayan-inspires.org) and the NGO Listening Inspires (www.listening-inspires.world)