Dutch Soldiers Write Memoirs on Uruzgan

2nd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

2 February 2007, AMSTERDAM — These “literary manoeuvres” are meant to encourage the soldiers and officers to share their experiences in Afghanistan with a broader public. De Volkskrant is also hoping to give a second chance to the forgotten genre of letters from the front.

2 February 2007

AMSTERDAM — These “literary manoeuvres” are meant to encourage the soldiers and officers to share their experiences in Afghanistan with a broader public. De Volkskrant is also hoping to give a second chance to the forgotten genre of letters from the front.

The writing workshops will be organised in cooperation with the Defence Ministry and will count as working hours for the military personnel, who will have to come up with short stories, reports or even poetry. 

The workshops may also prove to be of therapeutic value for the military.

They have been assured that writings about negative experiences will not be met with any reprimands from their superiors. The only subject that may not be included in the writings is information that could put their colleagues’ safety at risk.

All writings will be stored in a publicly available archive. A selection of the most interesting writings will be published in the newspaper and released as a book. The profits from the project will be donated to the free press in Uruzgan.

The first writing workshop will begin this week, the second one will take place in June.

Eleven thousand Dutch military personnel will have taken part in Task Force Uruzgan by the time the mission ends in 2008.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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