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2012.10.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shane Pekny - International Studies and Programs
phone: 402.554.2376 - email: spekny@unomaha.edu

UNO Afghan Collection Receives Historical Photos

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Criss Library has received 13 high-quality photographs that illustrate the later years of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. The photos will be added to the already 20,000-plus-item Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection of books, documents and other historical artifacts.

Taken and donated by freelance journalist Bruce Richardson, the photos depict the Soviet war in Afghanistan, which spanned the 1980s and devastated Afghanistan’s infrastructure and population, sending millions to refugee camps in Pakistan.

Richardson made several clandestine trips into Afghanistan to publicize the horrors of the war. His dispatches and photographs were published in Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Soldier of Fortune, The Diplomat, The Guardian and many other publications in Afghanistan and around the world.

Early in the war, Richardson also conducted photography workshops for Afghan news bureaus as part of the U.S.-sponsored Afghan Media Project.

Since 1990, he has been a contributor to the Afghanistan Mirror, Dawat and the Afghan Post; he is a founding member of the International Committee for the Salvation of the Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan, which works for the repatriation of stolen Afghan artifacts.

The library acquired the photos through contacts made by Shaista Wahab, curator of the Afghanistan Collection. Richardson has donated some of his own books and artifacts to the collection in the past.

The Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection is located on the lower level of the Criss Library on UNO’s Dodge Street Campus. More information on the collection can be found at: http://library.unomaha.edu/research/apac.php.

UNO also conducts extensive academic exchanges and service work in Afghanistan through the Center for Afghanistan Studies. More information on the Center is available here: http://world.unomaha.edu/cas.

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