Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Final Thoughts

I pulled at an intricately woven, pale-blue burkha – on a handmade doll.  It was a gift Shuhada gave me at my going away party, replete with Afghan pastries and far too generous of thank yous.  My time in Afghanistan … Continue reading

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Herat

Click on the image below for a slideshow of Herat:

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Airport Tyranny

We squatted in a corner, under the sparse shade of a steel fence.  The gravel below our feet was mixed with bits of broken glass and candy wrappers.  Women in long floral printed chadors huddled together on our left.  We … Continue reading

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Artistry

A collection of images from sweaty attics above Kabul rug shops, the hectic backrooms of the Friday Mosque in Herat, and classes ongoing at the Turquoise Mountain Foundation. Click on the image below for a slideshow:

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Lockdown

I slouched against a thick netted seat cover in a banged up taxi cab, my nerves raw with exhaustion.  Dust crept through my headscarf, which I’d pulled around my nose and mouth.  I was back in Kabul, in time for … Continue reading

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Band-e-Amir

We pushed against the peddles of a pink, swan-shaped paddleboat, adrift in startlingly blue snowmelt. As we neared the edges of the lake, to rest in its shadows, I reached out to touch the rough rocks.  In the seamless quiet … Continue reading

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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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