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Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivers a talk on how the University of Central Asia is creating opportunity in the region at the Ismaili Centre, London. Ismaili Council for the UK / Riaz Kassam

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivered a talk at the Ismaili Centre, London in which he emphasised the strategic importance of the Central Asian region in a globalised world. Titled Creating Opportunity on the Roof of the World, his talk on 20 May 2016 was part of AKF UK’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty lecture series.

London, 20 May 2016 — Shamsh Kassim-Lakha delivered a talk at the Ismaili Centre today, in which he emphasised the strategic importance of the Central Asian region in a globalised world.

The AKDN Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic, Nurjehan Mawani, bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam at Manas International Airport.

During a ten-day visit to Central Asia, Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, where he met with senior government and institutional leaders, and assessed the development of the University of Central Asia as well as other AKDN and Imamat projects. In Tajikistan, Hazar Imam granted Golden Jubilee Darbars at Ishkashim and Porshinev, and layed the foundation for the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Khorog.

A fitting finale for the Golden Jubilee Games.

A special moment of realisation took place at the athletes’ parade on Tuesday morning. It gained poignancy during the Opening Ceremony that followed. A united Jamat from over twenty-five countries took a collective breath as they witnessed the ascent of the Ismaili Flag, and were struck by the notes of the Nashid al-Imamah. It is this collective spirit that has been the signature of these Games.

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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