Founding a music school in Afghanistan

Monash Arts researcher, Dr Ahnad Naser Sarmast

They said it was impossible to run a music school for girls in a war zone. Monash academic Dr Ahnad Naser Sarmast proved them wrong.

When Ahmad Sarmast said he would give his life to music, he meant it quite literally. Against the odds and showing tremendous courage, Ahmad established ANIM in the ruins of the former school and with virtually no instruments.

Despite the physical dangers of working in a conflict zone, including being trapped by crossfire, as well as entrenched prejudice, Dr Sarmast continues to advocate for the establishment of a civil society in Afghanistan.

Dr Samast says “I see in our orchestra tomorrow’s Afghanistan.”

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