A donation of 12 computers by Griffith University will go a long way in Afghanistan, even helping freedom of the press.
Photojournalist and Queensland College of Art alumnus Travis Beard, who helped facilitate the donation, works for the Aina Media Centre in Kabul where he trains photojournalists.
Aina is the first Afghan photojournalism agency and has many Afghan photographers across the country. Beard is one of its leading instructors. His photography and that of his students ranges from exhibitions on dog fights to drug burnings.
“As a photojournalist and teacher it is heartening to know that I can pass on my skills to others to facilitate positive change within this country,” Beard said.
Queensland College of Art Deputy Director Earle Bridger says the computers will be used as extra resources for the Afghan photojournalism students.
He said the donation personified the university’s mission statement and its support for active alumni.
“Griffith is committed to innovation, bringing disciplines together, equity and social justice and lifelong learning.”
Mr Bridger will be guest speaker at the photographic exhibition fundraiser for Afghanistan at Substation 4, Petrie Terrace on Monday, November 5 at 6pm.
Freedom of the press finally arrived in Afghanistan following the defeat of the Taliban — but for women, young girls, amputees and other victims of war, not much has changed.
Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. A mine maims or kills every 20 minutes. Female literacy is only 12.5% and child brides are sold as young as age seven. It also has the world’s largest refugee population.
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