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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Hyder Akbar

Born in 1984 in Peshawar, Pakistan, fluent in English, Pashto, Dari, Hindi, and Urdu, Hyder Akbar studied at Yale University, and after September 11 went to Afghanistan to serve as a translator for US forces and also to develop NGO work. This experience is described in Come Back to Afghanistan: A California Teenager's Story, a book published in 2005, that he co-authored together with Susan Burton. Akbar has also made two documentaries for NPR: the first documentary focusing on life in Kabul in post-Taliban Afghanistan and the challenges facing the central government - the second documentary based on time spent in Kunar, Afghanistan, a volatile province on the border with Pakistan. Both the book and the documentaries received several awards. Akbar has also been involved with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in archiving and keeping records of Afghanistan’s current events.

(A Life in Books)



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