Book look: Ukraine & Afghanistan

A young Austrian journalist has travelled to eastern Ukraine to examine the ongoing conflict in the region. Jutta Sommerbauer, who started working for Die Presse in 2008 – documents the worsening food supply in the area as well as the military developments around Donetsk and Luhansk. As the world looks at Syria, Sommerbauer investigates the war “at our front door”. She interviewed residents of the region and leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic separatist forces to create a realistic image of the current situation. The outlook for Ukraine is rather grim as the country struggles to crush corruption in order to create economic growth. Considering the unabated support by the Kremlin, an end of the battle in eastern Ukraine is not in sight.

Die Ukraine im Krieg. Hinter den Frontlinien eines europäischen Konflikts
By Jutta Sommerbauer
Published by Kremayr & Scheriau (

What is the current situation now in Kabul? Did the international military invention bring Afghanistan closer to peace – or has life even become worse in the impoverished country? A young German journalist wanted to find out more about people’s daily struggle in Kabul. At the age of 27, Ronja von Wurmb-Seibel decided to move to the capital of Afghanistan for several months for intensive research. “Ausgerechnet Kabul. 13 Geschichten vom Leben im Krieg” is the result of her efforts. The book features 13 highly individual stories about residents of the city. It reveals surprising details and worrying insights as people are desperately hoping for a better life in their home country – despite terrorism, corruption and immense sociological inequalities.

Ausgerechnet Kabul. 13 Geschichten vom Leben im Krieg
By Ronja von Wurmb-Seibel
Published by DVA (

::: The Austrian Culture Channel on Twitter: @accthomas

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