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Memoir Of A Young Camerawoman’s Adventures In Afghanistan

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Photo credit: Melissa Birch

Melissa Burch poses for a photo in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1982. This image is featured in her memoir, "My Journey Through War and Peace."

Memoir Of A Young Camerawoman’s Adventures In Afghanistan


Melissa Burch, author, “My Journey Through War and Peace”



What: Melissa Birch Author Talk

When: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. April 19, 2016

Where: La Jolla/Riford Library

Melissa Burch was in her early twenties when she traveled to Afghanistan for the first time to shoot footage for CBS News. It was the 1980s, and she got footage of Afghan fighters — the mujahedeen — in skirmishes with the Soviets, who had invaded the country in 1979.

Burch returned to Afghanistan a second time to find the mujahedeen commander Ahmed Shah Massoud after a grueling climb through the Hindu Kush to the Panjshir Valley in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Burch’s memoir, "My Journey Through War and Peace," chronicles her adventures as she faced great risks and learned about herself while freelancing as a videographer in Afghanistan.

Burch shares some of her adventures on KPBS Midday Edition Tuesday.

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