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Willacy, Jean Heringman



Jean Heringman Willacy was an American traveler and photographer who fell in love with Afghanistan in 1967. She was almost 50 when she traveled to Afghanistan for the first time. Willacy's work in and related to Afghanistan included exporting postinchas, which gave employment to Afghan widows, and her first-hand experiences in the refugee camps in Pakistan and in those Western cities granting asylum. She kept diaries before and after the Saur Revolution and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. She also made on-the-street audio recordings, took photographs, and collected drawings of war from refugee children. Willacy was a champion for refugees in Central Asia and those who emigrated to Western countries. Jean Heringman Willacy died in 2004.

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Jean Heringman Willacy Papers

 Collection — Box: 2020-025
Identifier: APAC-0016
Content Description The papers of Jean Heringman Willacy document her interest and travel in Afghanistan beginning in 1967 along with her work supporting Afghan refugees after the Soviet invasion. The collection includes photographs, slides, and digital copies of slides donated to the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University along with drawings by Afghan refugee children about their war experiences, a speech for Save the Children, postcards, pamphlets, booklets, reports, newsletters, correspondence, calendars...
Dates: circa 1960-1998