Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ruins of the Red City

The remains of Shahr-e-Zohak, a citadel that once protected Bamyan, are carved out of a red mountain. Dating back to the 6th century, the Red City has since seen the death of a grandson of Genghis Khan, the invasion of … Continue reading

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Dusk in Bamyan

The drive back to Bamyan City from Panjob occurred in slow motion. One of our cars had died – causing the men to argue back and forth in an attempt to breathe life back into the vehicle with hot air. … Continue reading

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Shrubs

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After Hours

“When the Najibullah government told me to fight the Mujahideen, I left. I picked up a gun, and fought with the Mujahideen!” Mr. Omar said over dinner, his mouth full of chicken. His face was marked with age, but his … Continue reading

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Shells of Development

I stared at a shell of a building. An Afghan flag, hung from a wooden pool, flapped in the breeze. The wind kicked up dust that settled in the bit of my hair left uncovered by my headscarf. We’d spent … Continue reading

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Naan Walas

A little out of chronological order – as these were taken when I returned to Kabul, but oh well.

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Local Governance

“Well if they’re saying that we’re not doing anything – perhaps that’s a good thing.  Our role, after all, is to prop up the government with as little visibility as possible,” Elizabeth told me on the car ride to Panjob … Continue reading

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