Twelve years after Sept. 11 and the US’s subsequent invasion of Afghanistan, what do Afghans have to say about the American occupation? What has been the impact of America’s military and civilian presence?

Jake Donaldson, M.D. spent 10 days in Kabul, Afghanistan, during May 2013, asking these and other questions of the people he met with. He went to Kabul on the invitation of Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, who visited the Midcoast last summer and reported on the school projects of teenagers in Kabul.

Donaldson will speak at Camden Public Library on Monday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. and at the Friends Meetinghouse in Damariscotta on Friday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.

While in Kabul, he stayed with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, a group of young men and women who helped facilitate meetings with numerous groups and people, including members of a refugee camp, residents of the war-torn Wardak province (victims of drone attacks and night raids), health care providers and young women in an orphanage.

Hear about the sorrows, fears and hopes of the Afghan people, and what they have to say about America’s involvement in their country.

Donaldson is a family physician who serves a predominantly Latino and migrant worker population in Ventura County, Calif. He and his partner Nicole, an Episcopal priest, are visiting Nicole’s family in Maine for the next few weeks.

Sponsors are Midcoast Peace and Justice Group and the Peace Center of the Midcoast Friends Meeting.

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