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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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The Trek to Yakawlang

“Miss Afreen, we’ll pick you up in 8 minutes.  We are currently at the PRT – picking up Miss Elizabeth,” Hamid told me over the phone.  It was 5:30 AM, and I was about to head off on a 3-day … Continue reading

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A League of 1

I sat on a plush, brown couch, surrounded by bouquets of plastic flowers. A large portrait of a heroic-looking Hamid Karzai – hung on the wall before me. Outside six armed guards joked and slouched in their chairs, their rifles … Continue reading

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The Greatest Gift

“Your sheep is waiting for you!” Mr. Omar, a staff of Shuhada’s Bamyan office, called after me as I got out of our van. My yet unnamed sheep – carelessly tucked away in the back of the vehicle – groaned … Continue reading

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Women of Karte-e-Sulh

“All we do is sleep and eat – we are women. But we want to work. We will do anything.”

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The International Potato Smuggling Racket

“The Afghan government has done nothing for us! They haven’t even planted one tree! If it were up to Karzai, we would have nothing!” an irate woman in a billowy white headscarf yelled – throwing her hands up into the … Continue reading

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