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Thousands of spectators gathered to support participants at the DJSF National Games in Islamabad

Pakistan’s Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival (DJSF) recently reached its apex with an iconic National Games at the Jinnah Complex in Islamabad. Over 1,300 athletes from eight regions in the country competed for medals in 17 different sports, cheered on and supported by thousands more.

Speaking on the challenges facing democracy, Mawlana Hazar Imam said it must contribute towards helping society achieve a better quality of life. AKDN / Gary Otte

Athens, 15 September 2015 — Democracy faces dire challenges in the world today, says Mawlana Hazar Imam. Its survival depends on how well it can deliver on a promise of human progress.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers a keynote speech at the 2015 Athens Democracy Forum held in the Stoa of Attalos. AKDN / Gary Otte

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers a keynote address to the Athens Democracy Forum.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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