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Rebuilding Afghanistan exhibition

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Media Release

Media Release

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in cooperation
with the Canadian High Commission, is proud to host the
compelling photographic exhibition, Rebuilding
. The exhibition illustrates clearly why
Australia, alongside its international partners, is committed
to help the people of Afghanistan.

The 39 photographs capture the hope and determination of
ordinary Afghan citizens. From men digging canals with
basic tools to young girls attending school outdoors, the
photos depict people eager to build the foundations of a better
life. The photos also show how Australia and Canada are
helping realise these dreams by working alongside Afghans to
build hospitals, install water tanks, mentor Afghan workers and

Australia is making a substantial contribution to
international efforts to stabilise Afghanistan. Australia
is the largest non-NATO contributor to the UN-mandated
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and a major aid
donor. Approximately 1,000 Australian Defence Personnel
are serving in Afghanistan including as part of the
Netherlands-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Oruzgan
Province in southern Afghanistan. Since 2001, Australia
has committed $450 million in aid and reconstruction to

The exhibition will be opened officially on Thursday 13
March by Mr Michael L'Estrange, AO, Secretary of the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and His Excellency Mr
Michael Leir, High Commissioner for Canada.

The exhibition will be on display in the R G Casey Building
and open to the public from 13 March until 9 April, from 10:00
am to 4:00 pm.

Last Updated: 14 January 2013
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