Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on Afghanistan. This is a full-page document with with fifteen questions, which befits a topic as complicated and omnipresent as Afghanistan. Of course, this is a Microsoft Word document, like almost everything on Mark’s Text Terminal, so you can bend it to your needs, reformat it, or leave it as is.
The United States has technically been at war there since 2001, making it this nation’s longest-running conflict. Two weeks ago, on May 9, 2021, a girl’s school was bombed in Kabul killed upwards of 90 students–all girls and young women. No group has claimed responsibility, but it’s a safe bet that the Taliban, the group the United States sought to extirpate from Afghanistan, is culpable in the tragedy. In any case, if you need any insight into the attitude of Muslim fundamentalists toward the education of women, you might try Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography, I Am Malala. On September 11 of this year, United States forces will leave Afghanistan after nearly twenty years there. This has provoked justifiable anxiety on the part of United States policy makers and Afghans themselves.
So in other words, a bundle of current history to unpack here.
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