The Penrith and The Border Parliamentary candidate, Rory Stewart, was invited on Friday, to speak with students at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School on his experiences walking across Afghanistan in 2002 – which he would later write up into a New York Times Bestselling book, The Places in Between. Rory introduced the history, culture, and religion of Afghanistan, and touched on topics such as the position of women, marriage, and the experience of decades of war, before going on to talk about the charity he set up in Kabul in 2005 called The Turquoise Mountain Foundation. The question and answer session was a lively interaction between Rory Stewart and students with questions going in each direction.

Speaking afterwards, Rory Stewart said:

“It was great to engage with students from QEGS, and to talk with them about Afghan culture, and my walk. This remains a part of the world which is very important at the moment, but which we often know too little about. These are societies which are about as far removed from our own as we can often imagine. But they raise very important thoughts about life, war, religion and family. I’d love to do more such talks – it’s very exciting to be able to introduce such testing subjects to students – and I learned a lot through the questions and answers. I hope I have the opportunity to do more such events with young Cumbrians in the future.”

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