Greetings from Afghanistan

Afghan, elderly, chai, tea, greeting
© 2005 Susan M Hall

Greetings from Afghanistan

Kabul is a city of hustle and bustle. There are few paved roads and no traffic lanes, intersections or traffic lights. Livestock including sheep, goats, and camels weave in and out of traffic consisting mostly of old Toyota Corolla Sedans converted to taxicabs while young men in jeans talk on cell phones. It is a cacophony of traditional and modernity.

Afghan Bakery
“Naan” (flat bread) is a staple of the Afghan diet. © 2005 Susan M Hall

“Naan” (flat bread) is a staple of the Afghan diet.

Afghan children naan bread
© 2005 Susan M Hall
Afghan girl traditional dress
© 2005 Susan M Hall

A child in traditional Afghan dress.

Afghan children neighborhood
© 2005 Susan M Hall

In the Neighborhood, Deh Mazang district of Kabul.

Close up portrait Afghan male
© 2005 Susan M Hall

Shopkeeper.  Istalif, on the Shomali Plain, North of Kabul, is famous for its pottery.

Istalif pots are fragile due to the fact that the wood-fired kilns don’t reach high enough temperatures to fire the clay.  This makes them difficult to export to wider international markets.  The Turquoise Mountain Foundation is working with Istalif potters to install gas-fired kilns.

Afghan carpet weavers group three men
© 2005 Susan M Hall

Carpet weavers pose for a photo outside of a factory in Kabul.

Afghan de-miners two men
© 2005 Susan M Hall

Organization for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation (OMAR) Deminers search for landmines on the outskirts of Kabul.

The Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled is the government department that is responsible for all issues relating to landmine victims, including de-miners that are killed (martyred) in the line of duty.

Afghan girls classroom Afghans4Tomorrow
© 2007 Susan M Hall

Afghans4Tomorrow Girls School

The Dari language is read and written from right to left. Books are read from back to front. Students study three languages at the A4T schools; Dari, Pashto and English, as well as, the “Quran” the Holy Book of Islam which is written in Arabic.

Afghan boy red cap
© 2007 Susan M Hall

Afghanistan has been at war for more than three decades.  The future of the country depends on education and literacy for boys, as well as, girls.

• The Soviet invasion December 1979 to February 1989. The Soviet-backed Afghan communist regime of Mohammad Najibullah survived for three more years until the fall of Kabul in 1992.
• The Afghan Civil War 1992-1996. In September 1996 the Taliban took power in Kabul and established the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
• On October 7, 2001, U.S. and Britain launched ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ in response to the September 11 attacks.

Hazara woman women's garden
© 2005 Susan M Hall

Baghe Zanana, or Women’s Garden, Kabul, Afghanistan

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