Friday, August 22, 2014

NOTICE: The "Voices From Afghanistan" exhibit at the Library of Congress has now closed.

Press Release

A letter sent to Radio Azadi from a listener in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

'Voices From Afghanistan' Exhibit Opens At The Library Of Congress

On display now in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. is an exhibit showcasing some of the thousands of letters and handwritten scrolls received by Afghanistan's most popular radio station, RFE/RL's Radio Azadi. More

Haroon Bacha Live Performance at VFA

Inside Look: Video Tour of VFA Exhibit

Exhibit Photo Gallery

About The Exhibit

Since it went on the air in 2001, Afghanistan's most popular radio station, RFE/RL's Radio Azadi, has received "fan mail" from merchants, clerics, farmers, university students and schoolchildren across Afghanistan. The ornate letters and scrolls, which number in the thousands, tackle serious topics like terrorism and corruption, while also making simple song requests and dedications.

From Febuary through April 2010, the Library of Congress displayed a hand-picked selection of the letters in an exhibit titled "Voices from Afghanistan" in the Library's Jefferson Room. RFE/RL has presented these letters as a gift to the Library's permanent collection.

Coverage Of The Exhibit

'BBC' Features 'Voices from Afghanistan'

The BBC World Service program, "The Strand," reports on the Library of Congress exhibit showcasing the letters RFE/RL's Afghan Service receives from listeners. More

Writing A Letter To Radio Azadi