NEWS

Afghanistan 2001

President Costis Ste-phanopoulos is to open Yiannis Behrakis’s exhibition «Afghanistan 2001» at the Zappeion Hall tomorrow, January 16, at 7 p.m. The exhibition, aimed at providing economic aid for the children of war-torn Afghanistan, is under the auspices of Reuters and UNICEF’s Greek committee. The photograph in the exhibition poster is of 12-year-old Habiba, of whom Behrakis said: «The idea that I could do something came from the plight of this little girl in Kulbahar, a village north of Kabul. She is an orphan, abandoned, and suffering from poliomyelitis. That is when I though of doing something with my photographs for the children of Afghanistan.» The exhibition will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Zappeion Hall from January 17 through 27. Entrance is free and the proceeds from the sale of exhibition posters and UNICEF products will be donated to the children of Afghanistan. For more information about the exhibition, visit the websites www.reuters.gr and www.unicef.gr or call 922.1254, 921.4335. A flurry of meetings in the past month have rekindled hopes that the estranged Greeks and Turks of Cyprus can sort their conflict out before the European Union takes in a divided island in 2004, possibly complicating its own enlargement plans in the process.