Library privately-funded by local woman opens in Faizabad, Badakhshan


Some cultural activists and residents of Badakhshan province praised the opening of a library funded by a woman in Faizabad, the provincial center.

With her private funds, Giti Farah Mehdi established the “Uranus Library” to encourage reading and provide pleasure for the youth of the province.

More than 3,000 volumes in a range of political, social, economic, and cultural areas can be found at Uranus Library, along with audiobooks for the blind.

“The Uranus Library was formed with the main objective of promoting and enhancing the culture of reading, information, and thought,” Giti Farah Mehdi said.

Badakhshan cultural activists welcomed the launch of this library.

“We support this and urge the young people to embrace this action.” said Abdul Wasil Latifi, a cultural activist.

“This will help individuals who work in painting or work in any art department, this will become a bridge of communication,” said Amna Yousefi, a participant at the opening.

Young women in the province urged the Islamic Emirate to give women more access to cultural events and educational opportunities.

“I ask the Islamic Emirate to not systematically exclude women from society and to enable them to actively engage in political, social, economic, and cultural activities,” said Shabana Farahmand, a participant.

“First of all, the doors of schools should be opened; this is really a request, and when a library is also established, it should be supported,” said Rona, another participant.

The Badakhshan Department of Information and Culture also praised the nation’s efforts in the area of culture.

“With all our strength, as a representative of the Islamic Emirate, we assure the cultural activists that the Islamic Emirate is supporting you with all its power,” stated Moazuddin Ahmadi, the head of information and culture in Badakhshan.

This library opens in the Badakhshan province’s capital city of Faizabad as a large number of young people and educated people are seeking jobs as a result of the unemployment and economic hardship in the region.

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