Woman Spinning Wool

In winter of 2008, I walked through Hazarajat (the Central highlands of Afghanistan) with a friend who wanted to make a documentary. We stayed at this family’s house which I think located at dry valley called “dare sofla,” in Ashtarlay district, in Daykundi province. (more…)

Illiteracy and Poverty: The Struggle of Afghan Women

I took this photo in the spring 2008. I assume it was sometime in April, just a few weeks after the Kuchi attacks the Hazaras in Behsud district. I was assigned to document the devastation and the aftermath of the attacks. This is one of those pictures that I found in my archive today. All houses and huts were set on fire and nothing left behind except black walls and ruins.

The Hell of Opiate

In 2009, a U.S. Department of State report estimated that there are two million drug users in Afghanistan with at least 50-60,000 drug addicts in Kabul alone. (more…)

The Alarming Rise in Afghan Forces Casualties

According to news agencies, Afghan Forces Suffered 15,000 Casualties in First 8 Months of 2016. Last year in July U.S. top commander, General John Nicholson said that Afghan forces suffering is remarkably rising since the Taliban have beefed up their attacks.

Old Furnace in Central Afghanistan

I can’t remember exactly where and in which village I took this photo, but I remember it was somewhere in Ashtarlay district, in Nili province, in the central highlands of Afghanistan. This photo reminds me my mother who used to bake bread for us in similar fashion. (more…)

Rabia Balkhi’s Tomb, The First Persian Poetess

This sarcophagus is believed to hold the remains of the first woman who wrote poems in Persian language. Rābi’a Balkhī (d.943) was born in Balkh, northern Afghanistan, where Rumi is considered to be born (but recent studies show that Rumi was actually born in Wakhsh, Tajikistan). (more…)

Children of the Central Highlands of Afghanistan

Children were disproportionately affected by the intensifying conflict in Afghanistan. The number of child casualties verified by the United Nations has risen by 14 per cent since 2014 and reached the highest number ever recorded. (more…)

The Tragic Consequences of the Three Decades of Afghanistan Wars

“The harm inflicted by three decades of war on the people and the country of Afghanistan have been cumulative. Hard statistics are difficult to find, and many of the available data are estimates. During the decade of war following the Soviet invasion in 1979,  (more…)