Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Last Thursday night, the day after the U.S. started bombing Iraq, I attended a presentation of the Czech relief group Clovek v tisni, or People in Need. The two reps of PINF, as the organization is known, brought with them two short documentaries, made for TV: The Valley of the Last Mujahedeen, shot in the region of Dara-i-Suf, in northern Afghanistan; and Dark Side of the World, shot during the Russian Army's siege of Grozny, Chechnya's capital, in 2000.

The first film documented People in Need's efforts to build a school in an Afghan village. When you see how many obstacles they overcome in order to do so, you can't help but be amazed. And when you find out that they've already managed to build 61 schools, well, you have to admit there are at least *some* people on this earth who are doing something right.