Pakistani Ambassador, His Excellency Husain Haqqani delivered a powerful and candid presentation at our annual fundraiser in Aspen. He spoke about the recruitment of child soldiers in Pakistan, the domestic and international threat it poses, and the importance of education and access to knowledge in order to curb its development.
“..the conflicts these young kids are involved with are not conflicts of their making… every young Pakistani child who gets to go to school gets an opportunity -in life, it is one recruit denied to extremist groups…There is a great opportunity to change minds. The generation that was brought up on hate, if they are replaced by a generation brought up with a better understanding of the world, a more hopeful and positive understanding of the world, there will be less conflict! It’s a beginning…”
MDF is delighted to report that the event raised $75K this year, more than the last few years and despite the suffering economy.