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Making a difference in Afghanistan

Aldo Magazenni, whom I write about in my column today in the Currents section, has shown that one man, with a small amount of money, using local labor, can make a difference by bringing clean water to impoverished villagers in Afghanistan.

Making a difference in Afghanistan

Aldo Magazzeni from Perkiomenville.
Aldo Magazzeni from Perkiomenville.

Aldo Magazenni, whom I write about in my column today in the Currents section, has shown that one man, with a small amount of money, using local labor, can make a difference by bringing clean water to impoverished villagers in Afghanistan.

This photo shows him attending a ceremony in Herat, Afghanistan, for the completion of a water system in a poor slum there. In the background is Suraya Pakizad who runs shelters for abused women in Herat and a neighboring province.

You can learn more about Aldo and his water projects in Afghanistan and Kenya at www.travelingmercies.org

Trudy Rubin Inquirer Opinion Columnist
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Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. In 2009-2011 she has made four lengthy trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Over the past seven years, she visited Iraq eleven times, and also wrote from Iran, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, China, and South Korea.

She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.

Reach Trudy at trubin@phillynews.com.

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