Dr. Jake Donaldson will provide a firsthand report, Our Longest War: The Impact of America’s War on Terror in Afghanistan, an account of his time in Wardak Province, an area of Afghanistan’s most intense fighting, based on his recent visit to Afghanistan with Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

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

“What are the outcomes of America’s war on terror?” Donaldson asks. “Is our country safer than it was before? Is Afghanistan now better off without the Taliban in power? Are the Afghan people glad to have America’s support?”

Donaldson spent 10 days in May with Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul to ask these and other questions. He met with numerous groups and individuals, witnessing their stories, their feelings, and their opinions. He has now returned to the U.S., and the tales he returns with range from tragic to inspiring.

The peace delegation to Afghanistan was officially with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a Chicago-based organization co-founded by three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Kathy Kelly. They stayed in a working-class neighborhood in Kabul with a group called the Afghan Peace Volunteers, who are taking risks by living across ethnic boundaries, inviting international peace visitors, and advocating for peaceful solutions to Afghanistan’s problems. This small group of mostly young men have gained a fair amount of international attention. They have either visits from, or phone conversations with, Noam Chomsky, Mairead MacGuire, Jullian Assange, Shane Claiborne, John Dear, Kathy Kelly, Ann Wright, and others.

Donaldson is a Helena, Mont., native and has recently completed his residency in family medicine. He currently lives and works in Ventura County, Calif. where he serves a predominantly Latino and migrant worker population.