It wasn’t all bad
A magic school bus has Kabul’s kids reading again. The bright blue library on wheels—nicknamed Walnut—drives from sunrise to sunset around the war-torn Afghan capital, stopping for hours in each neighborhood so children can peruse its hundreds of books. Its creator, Oxford University graduate Freshta Karim, 25, hopes the bus will expose the city’s young residents to the joys of reading and help combat the country’s 62 percent illiteracy rate. So far, the bus has been a hit. “I read a book here and learn something from it,” says 10-year-old Sameer. “Then I go home and tell the story to my sisters, and I get to learn more.”
A Canadian man whose life was saved with a heart transplant just ran his first ever 10K—with his donor’s family cheering him on. After John Dickhout, 55, suffered a major heart attack in his early 50s, he received 22-year-old Adam Prashaw’s heart in 2016, following the young man’s death from a seizure. To honor Adam’s life, Dickhout decided to complete a race near Prashaw’s hometown. “It was just like watching my kid in a hockey game,” says Rick Prashaw, Adam’s father, who gave Dickhout a big hug after he crossed the finish line.
On the cover of the March 23 issue, we erroneously used a photo of a 1930s “NRA” pin to highlight a Briefing on the history of the National Rifle Association. The pin shown was for the National Recovery Administration—an agency created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. We regret the error. ■