"It happens every day, though it rarely makes the news. Families picnicking on the rocky banks of Lake Qargha; couples pedaling fiberglass swan-boats over the reflected Paghman Mountains; old men in shalwar kameez bumping volleyballs in Shar-e Naw Park; teenagers smoking hookahs in Karte Seh; children skipping school to play video games in the Old City’s illicit arcades or constructing intricate dioramas from scavenged detritus or paying out paper kites — almost as high as the tethered blimp that surveils  Kabul — from the barren terraces of Nadir Khan Hill; early-Friday-morning dogfights and bird fights; fathers and sons feeding pigeons outside the Mosque of the King of Two Swords; raucous dance parties at neon-lighted wedding halls; soccer and cricket in trash-strewn lots. After more than 30 years of war, Afghanistan’s special tragedy — its wonder — is that the obstinate violence no longer represents an assault on daily life. Rather, life, in its obstinacy, represents a daily assault on the violence.”
-Luke Mogelson

"It happens every day, though it rarely makes the news. Families picnicking on the rocky banks of Lake Qargha; couples pedaling fiberglass swan-boats over the reflected Paghman Mountains; old men in shalwar kameez bumping volleyballs in Shar-e Naw Park; teenagers smoking hookahs in Karte Seh; children skipping school to play video games in the Old City’s illicit arcades or constructing intricate dioramas from scavenged detritus or paying out paper kites — almost as high as the tethered blimp that surveils  Kabul — from the barren terraces of Nadir Khan Hill; early-Friday-morning dogfights and bird fights; fathers and sons feeding pigeons outside the Mosque of the King of Two Swords; raucous dance parties at neon-lighted wedding halls; soccer and cricket in trash-strewn lots. After more than 30 years of war, Afghanistan’s special tragedy — its wonder — is that the obstinate violence no longer represents an assault on daily life. Rather, life, in its obstinacy, represents a daily assault on the violence.”

-Luke Mogelson

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#Kabul #Man #Kite #Afghanistan #War #Truth 
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#Afghanistan #Men #Turban 
Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

@2 years ago with 22 notes
#Kabul #Afghanistan #Favorite Street 
Female would-be Afghan lawmakers attend a protest in front of the Afghan Presidential palace in Kabul, September 7, 2011.  Hundreds of supporters of would-be Afghan lawmakers, declared winners by a court by losers by an election body, blocked a main junction in downtown Kabul, the latest scence in a long-running political crisis.
(Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

Female would-be Afghan lawmakers attend a protest in front of the Afghan Presidential palace in Kabul, September 7, 2011.  Hundreds of supporters of would-be Afghan lawmakers, declared winners by a court by losers by an election body, blocked a main junction in downtown Kabul, the latest scence in a long-running political crisis.

(Ahmad Masood/Reuters)


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#Afghanistan #Women #Kabul #Politics #Election #Vote 
A shopkeeper waiting for customers at a market in Kabul.

A shopkeeper waiting for customers at a market in Kabul.

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#Kabul #Afghanistan 

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#Afghanistan #Boy #Orange 
ROUGHHOUSING: Children played in the shell of a vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 4th. (Ahmad Massoud/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

ROUGHHOUSING: Children played in the shell of a vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 4th. (Ahmad Massoud/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

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#Afghanistan #Kabul #Boys 
Kabul—April 16: Afghan children take part in a performance to celebrate the second ‘World Circus Day’.

Kabul—April 16: Afghan children take part in a performance to celebrate the second ‘World Circus Day’.

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#Afghanistan #Kabul #Girls 
Photograph by Benjamin Lowy/Reportage by Getty Images

Photograph by Benjamin Lowy/Reportage by Getty Images

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#Afghanistan #Kabul #Women #Burka 
Graffiti by Shamsia Hassani, Afghanistan

Graffiti by Shamsia Hassani, Afghanistan

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#Graffiti #Street Art #Afghanistan #Burka #Blue 
Kabul in the 1960’s.

Kabul in the 1960’s.

@2 years ago with 18 notes
#Kabul #Afghanistan #Mosque 
Marjah, Afghanistan. 

Marjah, Afghanistan. 

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#afghanistan #Man 
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Afghan boys turn a broken Ferris wheel into their own jungle gym at a park in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Many in this impoverished city still feel insecure even after 10 years of NATO presence in the capital of the province that was the birthplace of the Taliban. (Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press)

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Afghan boys turn a broken Ferris wheel into their own jungle gym at a park in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Many in this impoverished city still feel insecure even after 10 years of NATO presence in the capital of the province that was the birthplace of the Taliban. (Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press)

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"It happens every day, though it rarely makes the news. Families picnicking on the rocky banks of Lake Qargha; couples pedaling fiberglass swan-boats over the reflected Paghman Mountains; old men in shalwar kameez bumping volleyballs in Shar-e Naw Park; teenagers smoking hookahs in Karte Seh; children skipping school to play video games in the Old City’s illicit arcades or constructing intricate dioramas from scavenged detritus or paying out paper kites — almost as high as the tethered blimp that surveils  Kabul — from the barren terraces of Nadir Khan Hill; early-Friday-morning dogfights and bird fights; fathers and sons feeding pigeons outside the Mosque of the King of Two Swords; raucous dance parties at neon-lighted wedding halls; soccer and cricket in trash-strewn lots. After more than 30 years of war, Afghanistan’s special tragedy — its wonder — is that the obstinate violence no longer represents an assault on daily life. Rather, life, in its obstinacy, represents a daily assault on the violence.”
-Luke Mogelson
2 years ago
#Kabul #Man #Kite #Afghanistan #War #Truth 
Photograph by Benjamin Lowy/Reportage by Getty Images
2 years ago
#Afghanistan #Kabul #Women #Burka 
2 years ago
#Afghanistan #Men #Turban 
Graffiti by Shamsia Hassani, Afghanistan
2 years ago
#Graffiti #Street Art #Afghanistan #Burka #Blue 
Kabul, Afghanistan
2 years ago
#Kabul #Afghanistan #Favorite Street 
Kabul in the 1960’s.
2 years ago
#Kabul #Afghanistan #Mosque 
Female would-be Afghan lawmakers attend a protest in front of the Afghan Presidential palace in Kabul, September 7, 2011.  Hundreds of supporters of would-be Afghan lawmakers, declared winners by a court by losers by an election body, blocked a main junction in downtown Kabul, the latest scence in a long-running political crisis.
(Ahmad Masood/Reuters)
2 years ago
#Afghanistan #Women #Kabul #Politics #Election #Vote 
Marjah, Afghanistan. 
2 years ago
#afghanistan #Man 
A shopkeeper waiting for customers at a market in Kabul.
2 years ago
#Kabul #Afghanistan 
3 years ago
#veil #islam #burka #burqa #hijab #niqab #muslim #afghanistan #religion 
3 years ago
#Afghanistan #Boy #Orange 
3 years ago
#Afghanistan #Children #Boys #Girls 
ROUGHHOUSING: Children played in the shell of a vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 4th. (Ahmad Massoud/Xinhua/Zuma Press)
3 years ago
#Afghanistan #Kabul #Boys 
(subhanallah)
Afghan boys turn a broken Ferris wheel into their own jungle gym at a park in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Many in this impoverished city still feel insecure even after 10 years of NATO presence in the capital of the province that was the birthplace of the Taliban. (Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press)
3 years ago
#Afghanistan #Kandahar #Boys 
Kabul—April 16: Afghan children take part in a performance to celebrate the second ‘World Circus Day’.
3 years ago
#Afghanistan #Kabul #Girls