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US embassy regrets Nancy Dupree death

US embassy regrets Nancy Dupree death

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Sep 10, 2017 - 15:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The US Embassy in Kabul in a statement on Sunday regretted the loss of Nancy Dupree, an internationally recognized expert on the history, art, and archaeology of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Nancy Dupree, a pillar of the American community in Afghanistan for many decades, whose love for this country and dedication to its culture and history will be forever remembered,” the statement quoted Special Charge d Affaires Hugo Llorens as saying.

Ms. Dupree worked tirelessly for the preservation of history and culture in Afghanistan since she arrived in 1962. 

Future generations would remember Ms. Dupree as a wonderful example of the strength of U.S.-Afghanistan relations and friendship. 

“May we honor her example in decades to come by working for a common goal of building lasting franternal ties between our nations,” it added.

Nancy Hatch Dupree Biography

Nancy Hatch Dupree passed away peacefully at 3.30am, 10 September 2017 in the Amiri Hospital, Kabul, having     dedicated the last 55 years of her life to documenting and preserving Afghanistan's cultural heritage.

Ms. Dupree arrived in Kabul in 1962. For the next 15 years, she and her late husband, Louis Dupree, a  renowned archaeologist and scholar of Afghanistan's culture and history, traveled throughout Afghanistan, conducting archaeological excavations.   Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Duprees moved with Afghan refugees to Peshawar, Pakistaninfo-icon where they continued their work.

Ms. Dupree wrote many scholarly and more popular articles, in particular on the challenges facing Afghan womeninfo-icon, reports and a number of guidebooks to Afghanistan (one of which became the inspiration for Tony Kushner's play Homebody/Kabul). Her writings covered all major archaeological and historic sites, as well as a well-known guide to the National Museum, which was the de facto illustrated catalogue of its rare and priceless collection.

Aside from the books, articles, photographs and recordings she leaves behind, Ms. Dupree’s lasting legacy to the country she loved and called home is the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University, which she    founded in 2006 and where she was Director from 2006-2011. ACKU grew out of the Agency Coordinat-ing Body for Afghan Relief and Development’s (ACBAR) Resource and Information Center, which Ms. Dupree founded and directed with Louis Dupree in Peshawar, Pakistan in 1989. Some years later in 1996, Ms. Dupree created the ACBAR Box Library Extension (ABLE), a system of mobile libraries serving the Afghan community in Peshawar. 

Her vision for ACKU was that it would contribute to the reconstructioninfo-icon of Afghanistan by gathering in one place scholarship on the country’s culture, history and politics, as well as primary data in the form of memoires, newspapers, photographs and unpublished work produced by the many NGOs, international agencies, scholars and foreign governments working here. Together with its library, archive and research department, ABLE continues to serve Afghans in Afghanistan today.

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