@3 years ago with 61 notes
#Kabul #Man #Kite #Afghanistan #War #Truth
"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 After more than 30 years of war, Afghanistan’s special tragedy — its wonder — is that the obstinate violence no longer represents an assault on daily life.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.”
@3 years ago with 47 notes
#Afghanistan #Women #Kabul #Politics #Election #Vote
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.
@3 years ago with 26 notes
A shopkeeper waiting for customers at a market in Kabul.
@3 years ago with 3 notes
#Afghanistan #Kabul #Boys
ROUGHHOUSING: Children played in the shell of a vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 4th. (Ahmad Massoud/Xinhua/Zuma Press)
@3 years ago with 24 notes
#Afghanistan #Kabul #Girls
Kabul—April 16: Afghan children take part in a performance to celebrate the second ‘World Circus Day’.