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Greg Mortenson Speaks Out

Stones Into Schools, by Greg Mortenson

Image by elycefeliz via Flickr

In an exclusive interview with OUTSIDE Magazine, Greg Mortenson answers many of the questions raised by Jon Krakauer and 60 Minutes.

I think that his having raised awareness here in the West about the educational needs of Afghan children, especially girls, goes a long way towards making up for having inconsistent breaks in the timeline of his books.

Of course, allegations about misuse of funds must be checked out.  For me, I suspect the nuanced life of Central Asia is perfectly suited to Greg’s personality and is also his downfall, making it difficult for Westerners to wrap their minds around “discrepancies” in the book.

His explanations sound plausible to me, and I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt while he makes changes in his financial accountability.

Given the fact that ‘Taliban‘ means student, I see no conflict there. Who is going to confess they were “Taliban” to an American news team??? Time will tell.

When I think of all that Greg has done, the many rough roads he has traveled in Pakistan and Afghanistan: I can’t help but salute him for the courage of his convictions and persistence in his calling.

While many millions of us sat comfortably in our living rooms, Greg was out walking the difficult, and very dangerous roads of Afghanistan and Pakistan bringing us stories about their kids. I’m one person who is very thankful for him!

Read his interview below:

http://outsideonline.com/adventure/travel-ga-greg-mortenson-interview-sidwcmdev_155690.html

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  2. Amen! It’s Friday but Sunday is coming!

    • I’m happy you feel the same way, Joy, and it’s not just a ‘gut reaction’. At first, I was horrified, and really upset, but as I mulled it over, and heard more of the details, it really sounded like more of an East/West paradigm issue, and I feel sorry that he’s caught in it. We aren’t alone in wanting to believe there’s more to the story. I hope Nicholas Kristof of the NYTimes does do a piece on this…he will do it right.
      I hope the kids in your daughter’s class have not given up!

    • I’m happy you feel the same way, Joy, and it’s not just a ‘gut reaction’. At first, I was horrified, and really upset, but as I mulled it over, and heard more of the details, it really sounded like more of an East/West paradigm issue, and I feel sorry that he’s caught in it. We aren’t alone in wanting to believe there’s more to the story. I hope Nicholas Kristof of the NYTimes does do a piece on this…he will do it right.
      I hope the kids in your daughter’s class have not given up!

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